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the Negroes get as good a break in employment as the white people do and eliminate prejudice, especially in large companies.” I said, “Lyndon, you know that I don't know anything like that, and I won't be of any help to you.” He said, “Yes, you would.” I said, “How?” and he said, “Well, the truth is I need a good New York name.” I knew that Anna Rosenberg turned it down. For what reason I don't know. I thought, “Well, I need Lyndon, so I'd better say yes,” and I said yes.

I went to a number of meetings, one this summer of '63, which was extremely well conducted by Johnson and with Robert Kennedy and Seaborg of Atomic Energy and a number of other people in the cabinet present, including Celebrezze. But I really made absolutely no contribution to this at all. However, I suppose I may have learned a little something which I could use, because I don't know anything about the area.

Q:

And you also maintained good will.

Lasker:

Yes, or at least I didn't refuse to do something that was at the moment considered to be convenient by the Vice President.

Q:

Mrs. Lasker, would it be impertinent or would it be something worth preserving as a bit of knowledge to ask what you did contribute to the Kennedy campaign?

Lasker:

How much?



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