President Johnson: I am going to have Dean Rusk∇ and the Chief Justice [Earl Warren] are going to be at Runnymede where the Magna Carta was signed, and they are dedicating a portion of it to President [John F.] Kennedy.1
Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy: Uh-huh.
Editorial Note: The State Department Office of the Historian transcribed this conversation and published the transcript in: Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968: Vietnam, September 1968-January 1973.
Edward Kennedy: Sorry to call you at this hour. This afternoon, I am speaking for the first time up in the state to the legislature tomorrow. And I’ve been working on a speech for the legislature, and I haven’t been completely satisfied with the way that this has sort of developed.
After polls closed on the evening of 3 November, it was clear that Senator Edward Kennedy had won his bid for reelection handily, beating the Republican challenger, Howard Whitmore, Jr., on the order of 74 percent to 25 percent of the vote.
On the night of 19 June 1964, a plane carrying Senator Edward Kennedy crashed in Western Massachusetts in poor weather conditions. Pulled from the crash by fellow Senator, Birch Bayh [D-Indiana], Kennedy suffered severe injuries, including fractured vertebrae, a collapsed lung, and fractured ribs.
Robert McNamara∇: Mr. President--[unclear] had a flash message from CINCPAC∇ saying "Forces are ready and weather forecast favorable for strikes against targets 48 and 9." That's Haiphong and Hanoi POL.1
The operators connect the call.
President Johnson: Max?
Maxwell Taylor: Mr. President, yes, sir.
This is an extract from a longer conversation spanning a number of topics. As the conversation turns to fundraising, Smathers raises the topic of the newly vacant ambassadorship to Ireland.
This segment begins about 2 mins into the recording.
The recording starts after the conversation has begun.
Editorial Note: Lengthy extracts from an earlier transcript of this recording were published in FRUS, vol. 17, item 75 (extract). The version below has been revised by the PRP and includes the segments omitted from the FRUS version.