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   European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, Hesse                              Sunday, S*pt*mb»r 6, 1970 THE STARS AND STRIPESPage 5I'^^^X'^: 5V'••-.%•,--•-••-.,•-•Lady Bird's IHartj TellsOf White House AnaulshNEW YORK (NYT) - "I do not knowwhether we can endure another four-yearterra in the presidency. I use the word 'en-dure' in Webster's own meaning, 'to last, re-main, continue in the same state without pe-rishing/ I face the prospect of another cam-paign like an open-end stay in a concentrationcamp."Thus did Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson ex-press in March 1967 her feelings about herhusband making another try for the WhiteHouse in 1968. Her anguish was to continueuntil the president announced on March 31,1968, his decision to retire.The agony, the doubts and the final resolu-tion are told by Lady Bird in a private jour-nal she kept during her years as the nation'sFirst Lady, from Nov. 22, 1963, to Jan. 20,1969. The journal will be published in Novem-ber as "Lady Bird Johnson: a White HouseDiary."The 250,(MW-word volume is based on taperecordings Mrs. Johnson made almost everyday during her five years at the White House.Mrs. Johnson's diary gives glimpses of herstruggle to share her husband's public dutieswithout neglecting her daughters, and they il-luminate the struggle to choose betweenWashington's glamour and the peace of Texasand the LBJ Ranch. It recounts how thestrains of the Vietnamese war turned theWhite House into a center of bitter con-troversy.The First Lady, who had urged her husbandto run against Barry Goldwater in 1964, foundthree years later that "the bounce, the laugh-ter, the teasing quality in Lyndon" had begunto fade under tensions.Mrs. Johnson's first allusion to the changecomes in a March 13, 1967, entry telling of atalk with the then Supreme Court Justice AbeFortas, a long-time friend and adviser.Fortas, whom she described as one of thefew people in the world she could talk tosaid he thought the president "had doneenough' and should think about announcinghis retirement a year hence, in March of 1968,allowing tune for contenders to have an openway, if the war situation had improved."If it had not," Mrs. Johnson wrote, Fortasthought Lyndon simply could not withdraw."Six months later, on Sept. 8, 1967, Mrs.Johnson described a meeting at the LBJRanch between the president and two oldfriends, Gov. John Connally of Texas andRep. Jake Pickle, who long had representedJohnson's district in Congress.During the eight-hour meeting, much of itspent riding around in Johnson's car, they tal-ked "about Lyndon's big decision — when andhow to announce that he is not going to runagain for the presidency."Mrs. Johnson said the final decision did notcome before the evening of Sunday, March 31,when the president turned to her and twoWhile House visitors. Arthur Krim, a NewYork attorney, and his wife, Mathilde, andasked: "What do you think about this? This iswhat I'm going to put at the end of thespeech," and then read a statement con-cluding: "Accordingly, I shall not seek and Iwill not accept the nomination of my party foranother term as your president"The Krims protested, Mrs. Johnson wrote,but her own reaction was different:"There was much in me that cried to go on,to call on every friend we have, to give andwork, to spend and fight, right up to the last.And, if we lost, welt and good — we werefree! But, if we didn't run, we could be freewithout all this draining of our friends."I think what was uppermost — what wasgoing over and over in Lyndon's mind — waswhat I've heard him say increasingly theselast months: 'I do not believe I can unite thiscountry'. "Signs of StrainShowing BetweenNixon and AgnewBy CARL P. LEUBSDORFWASHINGTON (AP) — Somesigns of strain are beginning toshow between President Nixonand the man he picked as hisvice president, Spiro T. Agnew.But Agnew remains complete-ly loyal to Nixon and deter-mined to do a good job in a posi-tion he has often described as"supportive" of the President.Two years after Nixonplucked Agnew from politicalobscurity and made him the Re-publican vice presidential nomi-nee, their relationship remainsformal, businesslike and some-what distant.They rarely see one anotheroutside of working hours. De-spite some overlap, each has hisown staff and goes his own way.Popularity GrowingNixon has often praised Ag-new publicly. But there is somesurprise among Nixon intimatesty has grown over the past nine Jmonths. A Gallup Poll last Jan-^ ! dent.Rev. Billy Graham, an unprece-dented rating for a vice presi-Halt Ky Visit,Viet EmbassyUrges SaigonWASHINGTON (UPI) — TheSouth Vietnamese embassyhere is understood to haveadvised the Saigon governmentthat a visit to Washington nextmonth by Vice PresidentNguyen Cao Ky to address a"March-for-Victory" rally wouldnot be wise.The news that Ky hadaccepted an invitation to speakat the Oct. 3 rally planned bythe Rev. Carl Mclntire, afundamentalist radio preacher,surprised South VietnameseAmbassador Bui Diem as wellas American officials.Bui Diem, who visited theState Department to discuss thematter, indicated that he wasadvising his governmentagainst such a visit becauseU.S. officials were concernedover the security aspects.Similar RallyMclntire, who —like Ky —haslong advocated an aggressivewar policy in Vietnam, spon-sored a similar march and rallyhere April 4 which attracted anestimated 50,000 persons. Aspokesman for Mclntire pre-dicted the October rally woulddraw 500,000 "at least."U.S. officials wt-re said tohave told the ambassador thatKy's presence might sparkcounter demonstrations by anti-war groups and embarrass thevice president.It was assumed here that Ky,who in the past has soughtpublicity without the blessingsof the South Vietnamesegovernment, had arranged toaccept the invitation withoutconsulting President NguyenVan Thieu.Truee Used to Give EgyptSuper AA Net, Time SaysNEW YORK (UPI) — SecretU.S. reconnaissance picturesshow that the Russians andEgyptians have taken advan-tage of the Middle Eastcease-fire to provide Egypt with"the most massive antiaircraftsystem ever created," it was re-ported Saturday.Time magazine said althoughthe United States conceded lastweek that the Egyptians hadviolated the cease-fire bybringing more missiles into the;32-mile-wide standstill zone itdid not disclose these Sovietsurface-to-air missiles (SAMs)constitute "only the first line"of defense."While Israeli Phantom fight-er-bombers remain confined tothe other side of the SuezCanal, the Soviets and Egyp-tians have installed a vastcomplex of radar-directed anti-aircraft missiles and artilleryOakland Judge OutlastsA Tackling DefendantOAKLAND, Calif. (UPI) —Alameda County Superior CourtJudge Redmond C. Staats Satur-day shrugged off an attack by ashaggy 19-year-old defendant inhis courtroom.Judge Staats Friday was justabout to sentence ChristianWinther of Berkeley to Vaca-ville Medical Facility for a 90-day period of psychiatric obser-vation.Suddenly Winther ran tow-ards the judge's chambers andthen swerved and went at thejudge. He leaped on JudgeStaats and knocked him down."He hit me once in the head.He grappled. They say we wentdown. I recall being on top ofhim. Then the bailiffs came,"Judge Staats said in trying toreconstruct those frantic se-conds.As Winther was beingdragged off, Judge Staatssmoothed his judicial robes,gingerly felt a growing bumpon the back of his head andcalmly continued the sentenc-ing.Winther, also known asGeorge D. Gibbon, had beentried and found guilty Aug. 14on four counts of assaulting apolice officer during last April'sROTC riots at the University ofCalifornia.He lost a tooth in that scuffleand later claimed prisonauthorities installed a tinytransmitter with a tooth fillingso they could listen to hisconversations and his "verythoughts."The 50-year-old judge. asports fan, complimented thedefendant for his quickness. j"This youngster," he said, i"made a beautiful cut to theright, as if he were preparingto receive a football pass.Actually, he outsmarted us. Wethought he was going to try toescape and he came at meinstead."The judge said he neverconsidered himself in st'riousdanger, adding that he has seensimilar episodes ui juvenilecourt.behind the cease-fire zone,"Time said.The magazine said the actualcount was riot known, butAmerican officers believe thenumber of missiles involved is"in the hundreds, but less than1,000."In addition to "36 SAM2'ssneaked into the cease-firezone," Time said, SAM2's andthe more sophisticated SAMS's.some manned by Russiancrews, "are deployed in scat-tered batteries in a 50-mile-thick belt that arches fromAlexandria on the Mediter-ranean southward some 180miles to the (iutf of Suez." iAround Airfields I"Missile batteries have also ibeen seen set up around major jEgyptian airfields," the maga-zine said.Time said Pentagon expertswere frankly impressed by thearsenal of Soviet missiles andquoted one officer as admit-ting: "The U.S. couldn't matchit. We don't have ihe equip-ment.''The magazine said there alsowas evidence that some of themissile batteries were beingfortified with concrete revet-ments to protect them againstbombing."Furthermore," the magazinesaid, "in order to confuseIsraeli intelligence analysts,Soviets and Egyptians havebulldozed scores of dummysites that can quickly beconverted into active missileinstallations."Faithful to MotherlandsNEW YORK (UPI)—Americanimmigrants and Americans offoreiyn descent spend more than$200 million annually to visit the"old country," the trade news-paper Travel Weekly reported.Though Agnew has made itplain he knows who is boss, thePresident apparently does notlike to lose an opportunity toshow it.Thus, on Aug. 31, the West-ern White House abruptly sum-moned Agnew from Hawaii,where he was midway through atwo-day rest stop after his Asiantrip, to return to San Clemente.Calif., a day ahead of schedule."I wanted to stay longer, butthey wouldn't let me," the vicepresident told Gov. John Burnsof Hawaii as he hurried to boardAir Force Two that afternoon.'Plenty Upset'Several Agnew aides grum-bled about the change in plans,and one insider, asked Agnew'sreaction, said, "He was plentyupset."The ostensible reason for Ag-new's early return was so hecould attend Tuesday's Nationali Security Council meeting on thereasonto Nixon's) Portland,;—the dayfor hismeeting with Agnew—to ad-dress the America Legion con-vention.When Nixon and Agnew met,the President gave him an addi-tional assignment: to brief for-mer President Lyndon B. John-son at his Texas ranch on theway back to WashingtonWednesday.Sometime that afternoon,however, plans changed again.The White House decided thatNixon would not go to Portland,where several hundred antiwardemonstrators had been protest-ing the I^egion convention, andthat Agnew would go instead.No OthersWhen he got what he called"that assignment," the vicepresident said the next day, heimmediately made sure therewouldn't be others by saying hewould under no conditions go toIndependence, Mo., to brief for-mer President Harry S. Trumantoo.A speech was hurriedlythrown together and Agnew flewto Portland the next morningbefore going on to Texas andWashington. No public an-nouncement was made of thePortland trip until a few min-utes before Agnew's plane lefiCalifornia.Earlier in the week, Nixon letAgnew know in another waythat, just as he put him on theRepublican ticket in 1968, hecontrols whether he will stayon in 1972.Asked in an interview whetherAgnew's booming popularitymade it a certainty he would beNixon's running mate in 1972.the President said such -.pecula-tion is "premature." But fewpolitical insiders think Nixoncould dump Agnew even if hewanted to.While the vice president wasin Asia, his characteristicallyblunt statements appeared to! cause some uncertainty back inSan Clemente, Thus, when Ag-new said the Nixon administra-tion would do anything it couldto help Lon Nol's Cambodiangovernment, the White Housetried to downgrade the impor-tance of what was the mostsweeping public statement ofadministration backing of Cam-bodia.  

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