STA'mMENT m! SENATOR MIKe W11"JSFIELD (D., MONTMiA)
Death, can, a.t times, be dela.yed but, in the end, eennot be avoided.
Within the past month, two former Preoidcnts ot the Un1 ted states, Harry S.
Truman and Lyndon Baines Joh.ru3on, have lcl"t their existence here on earth.
Both were Senators of the United States •• Both were Vice Preeidente> ot the
United States. :Both, thr~h the death of othora, became Presidents ot the
United States and, then, in their own right, became Presidents tleain.
It was m:r privilege to work w1 th these men but most closely with
Lyndon Baines Johnson. I served v1 th him for four years as the Assistant
M~jor1ty Leader when he was Majority Leader ot the Senate. I succeeded htm
aa Majority Leader when he became Vice President in 1961 and continued in
that capacity throughout his Presidency.
We were 1n friendly and fairly close contact tor those ~ years.
As President, Lyndon Johnson waa the head of tho Executive »ranch and, as
the r.tajor1 ty Leader I I was the rcyreaentat1ve or the senate. AIJ might be
expected, we did not a.lweys agree but at no time did our disagreements impair
the civility at our relationship.
Lyndon Johnson came fr0t:1 humble or1c1ns but he was not a humble man.
Rather, he was a man of great pri
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