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that he would make this as a gift to the nation because
he'd given other gifts to France and he's lived in the United
States and likes it. Robert Lehman persuaded him to say that
he would not do anything for the Kennedy Center in return for
being paid $300,000 for two decorations for the Metropolitan.
So I was thwarted in this, too. I've never in my whole life
been in so much cross roughing. Did you ever hear of such
a lot of trouble?
It's a fantastic story. Although these gifts from foreign
governments are wonderful and quite acceptable, it does seem
a bit of a shame that the total amount of money could not be
Doesn't it seem ludicrous? It's really ludicrous.
And yet President Kennedy had asked six people before he got
Roger Stevens to be the chairman of the board of trustees.
It has been just incredible work to get the money together
because people on the whole are hostile to Washington. Business
people are hostile to Washington, don't think of it with
pleasure and are not very comfortable when they go there.
On the whole, when the Democrats are in power, they feel they
are taxed too much, I suppose. One of the last times I saw
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