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  LBJ Library releases last set of secret recordings
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Last EditedDFWDem  Dec 04, 2008 12:40pm
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MediaNewspaper - Dallas Morning News
News DateThursday, December 4, 2008 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News

AUSTIN – President Lyndon B. Johnson called Sen. Edward Kennedy the day after brother Robert Kennedy was assassinated to offer condolences and assistance to the grieving family.

“Ted, I know what a burden you bear, but your shoulders are broad,” Mr. Johnson said in a three-minute conversation on June 6, 1968, that was recorded and released today by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin.

The tape is among 42 hours of recordings from the final months of the Johnson presidency that his library made public. It’s the last batch of the secret recordings to be released. The others were released in a series 16 unveilings since 1993.

The newly disclosed tapes were made from May 1968 through January 1969 – a period that archivist Regina Greenwell described as “one of the most tumultuous periods in American history,” with the Vietnam war raging, Soviet aggression in Eastern Europe and at home, assassination and a tight presidential election.

Some of the new tapes include Mr. Johnson’s heated reaction after learning that surrogates for Republican presidential candidate Richard Nixon had urged the South Vietnamese to stall peace talks until after the November election.
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