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This is Mary Marshall Clark. I am conducting the eleventh session of Dr. Frank
Stanton's oral history. It is May 10th, 1993. This is for the Columbia Oral History
We're up and rolling, so we're going to talk about LBJ [Lyndon Baines Johnson] today.
Immediately following the assassination [of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy]
someone on President Johnson's staff called me and asked me what I thought he should do
about press conferences and so forth, on the heels of the tragedy. I made some suggestions
and said that I thought he ought to be seen with the world leaders, who were at the White
Is it possible? Was [Charles] de Gaulle there at that time? He might have been. I'm not
sure. Yes, I think he was.
I think he was.
At any rate, I was asked to come down to help. There wasn't anything for me to
do, particularly. I didn't see the president at that time, but I was, I believe, at the
Mayflower Hotel, and I got a call around about 6:30 from the President, saying what was I
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