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At the end of July, I gave Mrs. Johnson two
letters from George Washington, to give to the President for
his birthday. Actually, I gave her one letter for herself and
one letter for him. The letter for him was the announcement
to the Governor of Connecticut, by George Washington, that the
day before the Congress had established a Department of Foreign
Affairs. And the letter for her was one inviting a relative to
Nellie Custis's wedding. It was all in George Washington's hand.
It was a charming letter, and I expected her to keep it. I think
that, actually, she gave both of them to President Johnson.
I remember that they were giving a state dinner
in honor of U Thant, the Secretary-General of the UN, and that
they called me up to ask me if I wouldn't come to the state dinner
at the beginning of August, but I was already planning to go to
Europe and I didn't stay.
Well, by the time I returned from Europe on the
18th of September, the campaign was in full swing. I was
horrified by the activities of Goldwater, but I could never
believe that he was going to win, and by September it looked as
if everybody else had decided the same thing. Didn't it?
Yes, itcertainly did.
The President was campaigning all over the United
States, and Mrs. Johnson was planning, one day when I went down
to see her, to go off on her Ladybird Special train to the South.
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