European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - September 6, 1970, Darmstadt, HesseSunday, S*pt*mb»r 6, 1970 THE STARS AND STRIPES
Lady Bird's IHartj Tells
Of White House Anaulsh
NEW YORK (NYT) - "I do not knowwhether we can endure another four-year
terra 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 her
husband making another try for the WhiteHouse in 1968. Her anguish was to continue
until 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 House
Diary."The 250,(MW-word volume is based on tape
recordings 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 duties
without neglecting her daughters, and they il-luminate the struggle to choose between
Washington's glamour and the peace of Texasand the LBJ Ranch. It recounts how the
strains of the Vietnamese war turned theWhite House into a center of bitter con-
troversy.The First Lady, who had urged her husband
to 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 a
talk with the then Supreme Court Justice AbeFortas, a long-time friend and adviser.
Fortas, whom she described as one of the
few people in the world she could talk tosaid he thought the president "had done
enough' 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 LBJ
Ranch between the president and two oldfriends, Gov. John Connally of Texas and
Rep. 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 run
again for the presidency."Mrs. Johnson said the final decision did not
come before the evening of Sunday, March 31,when the president turned to her and two
While House visitors. Arthur Krim, a NewYork attorney, and his wife, Mathilde, and
asked: "What do you think about this? This iswhat I'm going to put at the end of the
speech," and then read a statement con-cluding: "Accordingly, I shall not seek and I
will 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 and
work, to spend and fight, right up to the last.And, if we lost, welt and good — we were
free! 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 — was
what I've heard him say increasingly theselast months: 'I do not believe I can unite this
Signs of Strain
Nixon and Agnew
By CARL P. LEUBSDORF
WASHINGTON (AP) — Somesigns of strain are beginning to
show between President Nixonand the man he picked as his
vice 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 political
obscurity and made him the Re-publican vice presidential nomi-
nee, their relationship remainsformal, businesslike and some-
what distant.They rarely see one another
outside of working hours. De-spite some overlap, each has his
own staff and goes his own way.
Nixon has often praised Ag-new publicly. But there is some
surprise among Nixon intimates
ty 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,
WASHINGTON (UPI) — TheSouth Vietnamese embassy
here is understood to haveadvised the Saigon government
that a visit to Washington next
month by Vice PresidentNguyen Cao Ky to address a
"March-for-Victory" rally wouldnot be wise.
The news that Ky hadaccepted an invitation to speak
at the Oct. 3 rally planned bythe Rev. Carl Mclntire, a
fundamentalist radio preacher,surprised South Vietnamese
Ambassador Bui Diem as wellas American officials.
Bui Diem, who visited theState Department to discuss the
matter, indicated that he wasadvising his government
against such a visit becauseU.S. officials were concerned
over the security aspects.
Mclntire, who —like Ky —haslong advocated an aggressive
war policy in Vietnam, spon-sored a similar march and rally
here April 4 which attracted anestimated 50,000 persons. A
spokesman for Mclntire pre-dicted the October rally would
draw 500,000 "at least."
U.S. officials wt-re said tohave told the ambassador that
Ky's presence might sparkcounter demonstrations by anti-
war groups and embarrass thevice president.
It was assumed here that Ky,who in the past has sought
publicity without the blessingsof the South Vietnamese
government, had arranged toaccept the invitation without
consulting President NguyenVan Thieu.
Truee Used to Give Egypt
Super AA Net, Time Says
NEW YORK (UPI) — SecretU.S. reconnaissance pictures
show 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 although
the United States conceded lastweek that the Egyptians had
violated the cease-fire by
bringing more missiles into the;32-mile-wide standstill zone it
did not disclose these Sovietsurface-to-air missiles (SAMs)
constitute "only the first line"of defense.
"While Israeli Phantom fight-er-bombers remain confined to
the other side of the SuezCanal, the Soviets and Egyp-
tians have installed a vastcomplex of radar-directed anti-
aircraft missiles and artillery
Oakland Judge Outlasts
A Tackling Defendant
OAKLAND, Calif. (UPI) —Alameda County Superior Court
Judge Redmond C. Staats Satur-day shrugged off an attack by a
shaggy 19-year-old defendant inhis courtroom.
Judge Staats Friday was justabout to sentence Christian
Winther 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 and
then swerved and went at thejudge. He leaped on Judge
Staats and knocked him down."He hit me once in the head.
He grappled. They say we wentdown. I recall being on top of
him. Then the bailiffs came,"Judge Staats said in trying to
reconstruct those frantic se-conds.
As Winther was beingdragged off, Judge Staats
smoothed his judicial robes,gingerly felt a growing bump
on the back of his head andcalmly continued the sentenc-
Winther, also known asGeorge D. Gibbon, had been
tried and found guilty Aug. 14on four counts of assaulting a
police officer during last April'sROTC riots at the University of
He lost a tooth in that scuffle
and later claimed prisonauthorities installed a tiny
transmitter with a tooth fillingso they could listen to his
conversations and his "verythoughts."
The 50-year-old judge. asports fan, complimented the
defendant for his quickness. j
"This youngster," he said, i"made a beautiful cut to the
right, as if he were preparingto receive a football pass.
Actually, he outsmarted us. We
thought he was going to try toescape and he came at me
The judge said he neverconsidered himself in st'rious
danger, adding that he has seensimilar episodes ui juvenile
behind the cease-fire zone,"Time said.
The magazine said the actualcount was riot known, but
American officers believe thenumber of missiles involved is
"in the hundreds, but less than1,000."
In addition to "36 SAM2'ssneaked into the cease-fire
zone," 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 from
Alexandria on the Mediter-ranean southward some 180
miles to the (iutf of Suez." i
Around Airfields I
"Missile batteries have also ibeen seen set up around major j
Egyptian airfields," the maga-zine said.
Time said Pentagon expertswere frankly impressed by the
arsenal 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 also
was evidence that some of themissile batteries were being
fortified with concrete revet-ments to protect them against
bombing."Furthermore," the magazine
said, "in order to confuseIsraeli intelligence analysts,
Soviets and Egyptians havebulldozed scores of dummy
sites that can quickly be
converted into active missileinstallations."
Faithful to Motherlands
NEW YORK (UPI)—Americanimmigrants and Americans of
foreiyn 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, the
President apparently does notlike to lose an opportunity to
Thus, on Aug. 31, the West-ern White House abruptly sum-
moned Agnew from Hawaii,where he was midway through a
two-day rest stop after his Asiantrip, to return to San Clemente.
Calif., a day ahead of schedule."I wanted to stay longer, but
they wouldn't let me," the vicepresident told Gov. John Burns
of 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's
reaction, said, "He was plentyupset."
The ostensible reason for Ag-new's early return was so he
could attend Tuesday's Nationali Security Council meeting on the
) Portland,;—the day
for 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 Washington
Wednesday.Sometime that afternoon,
however, plans changed again.The White House decided that
Nixon would not go to Portland,where several hundred antiwar
demonstrators had been protest-ing the I^egion convention, and
that Agnew would go instead.No Others
When he got what he called"that assignment," the vice
president said the next day, heimmediately made sure there
wouldn't be others by saying hewould under no conditions go to
Independence, Mo., to brief for-mer President Harry S. Truman
too.A speech was hurriedly
thrown together and Agnew flewto Portland the next morning
before going on to Texas andWashington. No public an-
nouncement was made of thePortland trip until a few min-
utes before Agnew's plane lefi
California.Earlier in the week, Nixon let
Agnew know in another waythat, just as he put him on the
Republican ticket in 1968, hecontrols whether he will stay
on in 1972.Asked in an interview whether
Agnew's booming popularity
made it a certainty he would beNixon's running mate in 1972.
the President said such -.pecula-tion is "premature." But few
political insiders think Nixoncould dump Agnew even if he
wanted to.While the vice president was
in 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 could
to help Lon Nol's Cambodiangovernment, the White House
tried to downgrade the impor-tance of what was the most
sweeping public statement ofadministration backing of Cam-