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JEF
Session #11
Interviewee: Frank Stanton
Interviewer: Mary Marshall Clark
New York, NY
Date: May 10, 1993

Q:

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 Research Office.

We're up and rolling, so we're going to talk about LBJ [Lyndon Baines Johnson] today.

Stanton:

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 House.

Is it possible? Was [Charles] de Gaulle there at that time? He might have been. I'm not sure. Yes, I think he was.

Q:

I think he was.

Stanton:

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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