Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 50, Folder 71, Mansfield Libary, University of Montana
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Mr. MANSFn:LD. Mr. Prc.~tdcm. I
v.lah to Join th~ dl.sllruruitmed R~puhllc:m
lender In cxp~· lng tn)' reu~r nnd th•mkrutnr
thnt t11e Pre ldt'nt of Uu• Unlt~d
St.aL(' 111le to no hnnn on Frldny nfler-nnon
1 t In l'allromln .
'111" l'rcsldeul hns ludlcnll' not cockrd o.ml the firrng
cluunbt ,, ·•• empty, tltr next onr wns
not em1 y.
I hoPf' "r will be nhle to nchlcvc In U1ls
NRt.IOl' n drgree of rlv1Uty and rc .ponMblll!>
on Uielmn o .ul our people so
thnt lnddent..~ af Utls kind will not hoppen
In the future. Prc-ldcnts hnve to take
1 hnnce.,. Prl!sldent F'nrd rolled with this
one quite nicely, 1\nrt I wM tmprel'sed
with the st.atA·menl mode by hts Mfe.
Bttty I·'unl, to the c•trc~t that thnt Is a
p:u L or the Job which he hotels. But It
1.hould not be n pan of the Job which lle
holds bcc.'lu;c there ~hould be noUllng
buL the ut.mosL rcst~t to" nr of the Prc;,ldcJ.t
or the Unit('(} Sbk~. There was the l.nddo•:
tl uf Mt ~From me. who did not. C(Wk
the 45. and e\'ell I! she had. the first
rhamh~·~· "oulcl have been empty. so. fmlull.
ltrlv. llnthlng happened there.
'rlwre f:. the Incident. or potential !t1
I'W<'nl whtt h occurred in St. Louis nhout
n wrclt Rl(ll Then Utl're wa~> thr firing ol
th•• hullct.lnst night Fortuna tely, It Wl'lll
a~tl"oiY 'rltcrc wns a victim. but it \Iolii.
ll(•l tht• President. of the United Stnlf''<
nnd the virllm only received a wound 111
Uti' vroln. I uudet-:;t.and. and I$ l'(>CO\ -
''I hill \\ell :lt Ute present tim"
l\tr. Presld<'nt. I wonder when 111 1-
dCII t.'i of lhl~ kind are going to stop. a ncl
II tlll'y continue. how are they golllK to
o: ut~ as cllll'f or stnt.e. But I do not think
n Pu~:h.lent ha.'l Ute r tl!ht to place h i. \if~
In clnlli!Cr regt\J'dless of his JX'rsounl fo•cl-
111' bccnu\e It 1.-. not a mntt.er or l; e1-
ultl J?m d In t hlo; imlan• c. but II. is o
mn ttea n! U1c Prf' id••nt of the Uul[( I
St..tCl In nil mstanrl' · Ac: lont: ns h f' 1\1'·
, up!l's U1nl omu•. he has a ~·~"'tiOnsibalih
to lht• Amcucnn JlCOl•le to ~:o out aaod
tJank" hands- •rc... .< > the ll••sh, s 1 1 1
spc:1 · em occasion. !.ut rnt:Hnl:·· twl. w
pi1C hun~C'If In dnncc•r- bC'ca\l.SC. 1 n·-
1 ,,.nt. 1t ~~not th- man concenled. it Is Ule
.. n:, c an effect. which Is of Pllramount
u tport nrc I hope ll will be possiblt
t hmu h our collccti\ c wisdom. to IJ y t.o
ch•vl~.e a !>Y~lcm which will afford mon·
prolcx·lion to n President of the Unil<'d
Slnh~li. I hope IL will bring about. ou t.lw
pnrt ol the American people, the recognition
that a very, very tiny mil1orlly
cun wrenk great damage on t11is Repub
lie through the attempts ntnde on the
life or the Chief Executive of tilL~ Nnllon
Agnln, Mt·. Prec:ldent, I do not know
whalthe an.Mvet ll> I just '1\~l to express
my shock nnd my concern and to hoP6
that what ha.o; happened will not become
c•ndemll' or epidemic. and that, as far a.s
protectrun L~ t'Onccmed, th,. ult~te will
couttnue to bf" Riven.
I h1wc no cr!Uclsm of the Secret S<:'n·lco•,
1 think thry hnve done a good Job.
But 1t Is an lmpossrble Job in this day
nnd ng~ to ~rotect ,1ny one indJ\1dual It
nome person In wnw manner wants to
l.''O out o! hts or her way to attempt to
'IITCCk lhe hfe of that individual and 1n
thnt mnnncr thereby hurt the NnUuu as
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