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chair a Presidential White House Conference on the Preservation
of Natural Beauty, in May.
This is absolutely a revolution. As I said before,
no President of the United States that I recall has ever mentioned
natural beauty, or beauty of any kind, in any official documents
or speeches, and certainly has never called a conference on how
to preserve natural beauty nor encouraged the idea of landscaping
Federal highways in a message, nor ever called attention to the
fact that America, the Beautiful is largely America, the Ugly, and
mostly man-made ugliness. This is the most revolutionary and
freshest idea of the Johnson administration, don't you agree?
The war on poverty was started by Kennedy and is being
energetically followed by Johnson. Johnson is also energetically
increasing support for education of all kinds, and this had been
started by Kennedy. But Kennedy made no effort in this area at all,
nor has any previous President.
It would have seemed a natural for a man like Kennedy.
Yes. Well, it's really astonishing that this has
gotten under way. If anyone had said this would happen, people
would have laughed uproariously. It's now taken very seriously.
The meeting started with a charming statement from
Mrs. Johnson about the importance of beauty in the country. I would
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