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President John Kennedy Worried Over A Lyndon Johnson Presidency

September 9, 2011

Next week there is going to be a television special about Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews with famed writer-historian Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.  In addition a new book is about to hit the stores that will renew the time of Camelot, and make for reflections on what might have been. 

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer will host a prime-time, two-hour special based on the tapes Sept. 13, featuring exclusive audio of Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews. The transcripts are being released in book form this month in “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy.”

There are all those strong competing personalities from the past just waiting to have their voice made whole again.  Jacqueline Kennedy’s interviews might just do that very thing for those we either grew up knowing, or read about in history books.

This is going to be very interesting.

President John F. Kennedy was so “worried for the country” about the prospect that Vice President Lyndon Johnson might succeed him as president that he’d begun having private conversations about who should become the Democratic Party’s standard-bearer in 1968, Jacqueline Kennedy recalled in a series of oral-history interviews recorded in early 1964.

She said her husband believed strongly that Johnson shouldn’t become president and, in the months before his death in November 1963, he’d begun talking to his brother, Robert Kennedy, about ways to maneuver around Johnson in 1968.

“Bobby told me this later, and I know Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, ‘Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon was president?’” she said.

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