Senator Robert Byrd Dies

Senator Robert ByrdThe Senate's longest-serving member, Senator Robert Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, died on June 28, 2010.

There are only a few conversations in the White House tapes in which Byrd was a participant, some of which are below.

"Every time I pick up the paper you've had some other victory of some kind."

Byrd tries to get LBJ's support for a Medicare amendment to lower the voluntary retirement age to 60. LBJ tells Byrd that he hasn't looked at the merits of the proposal but that "
All I know is I love you, and you're just cooking up so damn much business. I didn't know you were that young and active. I thought when you got your license to practice law that you'd just quit rewriting all the laws, and just sit down and kind of whittle and love your friends. But every time I pick up the paper you've had some other victory of some kind."

"I do appreciate the fact that you've been such a standup guy and you do whatever your heart tells you is right."

Nixon expresses his appreciation for Byrd's public support for Nixon's troop withdrawal plans.