Telephoning the President to follow up with thank-you suggestions in the wake of the farm bill passage, Larry O'Brien∇ also received instructions from Johnson on preparations for the farm bill signing ceremony, on the antipoverty program, and on the once-defeated but now revived and slightly altered government pay bill.
In mid-July, 1965, Associate Justice Arthur Goldberg∇ stepped down from the Supreme Court to take over as UN∇ Ambassador. President Johnson wanted Abe Fortas, his longtime attorney and confidant, to be the replacement. Fortas demurred, but Johnson was not deterred. While he considered several other candidates, including a number of Republicans, Johnson did not stop pressuring Fortas and eventually got his man.
Rehnquist was nominated by President Richard Nixon∇ in late 1971 and sworn in January 7, 1972. The 47-year-old had a reputation for being an outspoken conservative, a reputation he lived up to while on the court. He rose to Chief Justice in 1986, nominated by President Reagan∇. Rehnquist had served in the Nixon administration as Assistant Attorney General from 1969 to 1971.