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PROCEEDINGS AND DEBATES OF THE 90th CONGRESS, FIRST SESSION
The President, Senator Kennedy Speak in N.Y.
HON. MIKE MANSFIELD
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
Tuesday, June 6, 1967
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President. on
Saturday last. the President of the United
States delivered an address at the New
York State Democratic dinner in New
York City. In his speech he emphasized
the many contributions made by Democratic
administrations from the time of
Franklin D. Roosevelt onward. While he
mentioned the contributions of Presidents
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S.
Truman, and John F. Kennedy, he neglected
to mention the contributions
which have been made under his administration.
He brought home to the assemblage
just what the Democratic Party is
doing, just what it has done, and just
what it intends to do in the future.
On the occasion of the meeting with
the New York State Democrats, the President
was most graciously introduced by
the distinguished Senator from New York
[Mr. KENNEDY]. In the course of his remarks,
Senator KENNEDY gave full credit
to the many contributions which President
Johnson has made to the welfare of
our Nation. and said in part:
He has borne the burdens few other men
have ever borne In the history or the world,
without hope or desire or thought to escape
This, I think, sums up the difficulties
and responsibilities which have rested on
the President's shoulders ever since he
The introduction was also a mark of
understanding by a great Senator of the
responsibilities which are entailed in the
office of the Presidency and which heas
no other Member of the Senate-has
such a great and profound understanding.
Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent
that the remarks of the distinguished
Senator from New York [Mr.
KENNEDY], as well as those by the President
of the United States, be incorporated
at this point in the RECORD. I also
ask unanimous consent that various
newspaper stories covering the program
of the New York event of June 3, 1967,
be incorporated in the RECORD.
There being no objection, the addresses
and articles were ordered to be
ptinted in the RECORD, as follows:
REMARKS OJ' HONORABLE ROBERT F. KENNEDY,
U.S. SENATOR FROM THE STATE OF NEW
YORK, AT DEMOCRAT STATE COMMITTEE DINNER,
AT THE AMERICANA HOTEL, NEW YORK
cnv, JuNE 3, 1967
SENATOR KENNEDY: Mr. President, Mrs.
Johnson, Mr. VIce President, Miss JohnsonLynda
Bird, ladles and gentlemen: I have
just returned from England. I had hoped to
have the opportunity to Introduce President
Johnson to you, my fellow New Yorkers. As
you remember, just three years ago he was
kind enough to come up and Introduce me to
you, so I wanted to return the favor, and I
looked forward to doing so.
If I may take a few minutes of your time,
I would l!ke to say some of the things that
I had hoped to say prior to the time that he
Webster defines greatness as largeness In
size, being much above the average In magnitude,
intensity and importance. That defin!
t!on could have been wr! tten for the man
who just spoke to you, and which I had hoped
to have the honor to Introduce.
The height of h!s aim, the breadth of h!s
achievements, the record of his past, and the
promises o! h!s futur~. all these bespeak the
largeness of size, that magnitude of effort,
that Intensity of devotion, and that importance
of accompllshment. He came to lead
this nation at a time of uncertainty and
danger, pouring out his own strength to renew
the strength and the purpose of all of
the people of this nation, and o! the nation
Since that day (he has borne the burdens
few other men have ever borne In the history
of the world, without hope or desire
or thought to escape them). He has sought
consensus, but he has never shrunk from
controversy. He has gained huge popularity,
but he has never fa!led to spend 1 t In the
pursuit of his beliefs or In the Interest o! h!s
country. He has led us to bu11d schools and
clinics and homes and hospitals, to clean
the water, and to clear the air, to rebu!ld
the city and to recapture the beauty of the
countryside, to educate children and to heal
the sick and comfort the oppressed on a
scale unmatched In our history. This 1s
what this country has done under the leadership
o! President Johnson.
In 1964 he won the greatest popular victory
In modern times, and with our help he
wm do so again In 1968. With our help, he
w111 have by h!s side the best VIce President
since h!s predecessor, Hubert Humphrey.
He Is the head o! our nation and o! our
party, our Commander-!n-Ch!e! and our
chief diplomat, our Ch!e! Executive and our
chief spokesman, and the chief repository
o! our hopes and our fears, our advice and
our consent, our complaints, and, yes, our
prayers. I am very proud that we have In
our midst President Lyndon Johnson, President
of the United States.
REMARKS OF THE PRESIDENT AT THE NEW YORK
STATE DEMOCRATIC DINNER, IMPERIAL BALLROOM,
AMERICANA HOTEL, NEW YORK CITY
Mr. VIce President, Governor Harriman,
National Committeewoman Kelly, National
Committeeman We!sl, Chairman BaUey,
Chairman Burns, distinguished members o!
the very able New York delegation In the
Congress. ladles and gentlemen:
First, I want to explain the other dates
that I have this evening, so that you won't
misunderstand that I am just out on a lark.
We have two other Democratic meetings
scheduled and we hope to be able to visit
with them. We are sorry that we can't find a
place In the greatest State In the Union that
wlll house all of the Democrats In one place.
but we have so many of you that we have
had to divide them up.
I co.mc here first, because you really nr
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