Johnson had persuaded Arthur Goldberg to give up his seat on the Supreme Court and become
Among the replacements that the President considered was
President Johnson and Gale McGee, 9 Dec. 1967, 11.00am
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President Johnson: I’m thinking about what’s best for the country.
Gale McGee: Well, that would be—
President Johnson: And I don’t know of a human that I think is as knowledgeable in this general field, that is not New York-oriented, that is as articulate, that I think makes as good impression on TV. And I’ve watched them all.
I think you have a little of the mold of a
Now, that’s my type of man. I don’t want one of these Adlai Stevensons. I liked him, but he’s not—to me, I always kind of felt like he had to squat to pee.
Goldberg, on the other hand, is the best negotiator I have ever known.
President Johnson: He does just absolutely have hydrophobia.
President Johnson: And he talks a good deal when he ought to be listening.
President Johnson: Now, you’ve got the great problems of the
President Johnson: Now, I wouldn’t agree, and I wouldn’t imply, and I’d think of several people if something happened to Rusk as secretary of state.
President Johnson: But I would say right in the beginning that one of the three names I would think of would be yours.
McGee: Oh, my.
President Johnson: And I know you never have thought in those terms—
President Johnson: But that’s the way we think.
President Johnson: I don’t want that to enter into it, and I don’t want it to be an implication, because I just very likely would appoint somebody else.
McGee: Yes.President Johnson: But that’s what we think.