The LBJ Library and Museum and the Johnson family remember Senator Edward Kennedy

Sep 16, 2009

The LBJ Library and Museum and the Johnson family remember Senator Edward Kennedy, who was a friend and partner in passing historic laws benefiting this country. In honor of Senator Kennedy, the Library has posted several items on our website: quotes from Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, photos of Senator Kennedy with President Johnson and visiting Lady Bird Johnson the LBJ Library, telephone conversations between Senator Kennedy and President Johnson, and letters between the two men.

"Senator Kennedy was our family's cherished friend and the defender of the flame for social justice our parents believed in - decent health care, education, and civil rights for every American. He could have had a life of self service; he chose a life of public service. He was our nation's great "possibilitarian" - who brought Americans of divergent thought together to further a common good. Our hearts are heavy for his beloved family and our country. Generations of Johnsons are praying Senator Kennedy's dream for an America where healthcare is a right, not a privilege, will become the just tribute he deserves." - Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.

"I weep for the country. Senator Kennedy was such a courageous presence in the Senate as he fought to help Americans in need. My father depended on him and my husband, Senator Charles Robb, served with him in the Senate. His leadership and dedication to this country will be missed.

My family had a very personal relationship with Edward Kennedy. We were neighbors and friends. When Senator Kennedy married Vicki, he created a beautiful floral painting as a wedding present to her. He gave a numbered print of that lovely painting to my mother, who hung it near her bedside. Now, that treasured gift hangs in my home, a wonderful reminder of his consideration." - Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson.

On March 25, 1965, Senator Edward Kennedy and President Johnson had a telephone conversation where they discussed the following: LBJ's offer of use of the presidential airplane for the Kennedy family to attend the dedication of the John F. Kennedy memorial at Runnymede, UniEdward Kingdom; Robert Kennedy's climb of Mt. Kennedy in Canada; and immigration.

On June 30, 1964, Senator Edward Kennedy had a telephone conversation with President Johnson where the two men talked about Kennedy's recovery following an airplane accident.

To share memories and sympathies with the Kennedy family, please go to this website:  http://www.tedkennedy.org

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