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give the President a great welcome ; and beSides, the governor was governmentally uneducated, so what else could you expect from him? These were the kinds of subjects greatly titillating and agitating the press this evening. It was the general concensus that the President would not risk his prestige, or the possibly untoward political effects on his chances in Texas next year, by undertaking to promote a quid pro quo, Sen. Yarborough’s renomination without substantially mounted opposition, in exchange for Gov. Connally’s. Nevertheless, speculation among knowledgeable people had already begun that such a “peace” was desired by certain political advisers close to the President; but that it would have to include the Vice President turning over complete patronage in Texas to Sen. Yarborough, because the arguments that the benefits of such a deal to Mr. Kennedy’s chances of carrying Texas were not clear enough, or persuasive enough, for the Senator to be expected, as a party matter, to go along. This was the context of Don Yarborough’s drop-in on the press room, the bold kind of act without the likes of which he would not be a figure in Texas politics at all; and it was the context in which Seri. Yarborough told me that evening, in an interview, that he would not, under any circumstances, participate in any deal having to do with another man running for governor, that he did not believe in such deals, and he was sure the President would never suggest such a thing to him, and that no politician had ; although the press had. Now, of course, these matters seem like events far away, faded memories of another place and time, so much so that in my wish to hurry past them, I do not even paragraph. THE KENNEDYS AND JOHN-SONS stopped in for a few minutes, before the dinner for Cong. Thomas, at a dance in the Rice being given by the League of United Latin-American Citizens. Mrs. Kennedy wore a black cotton velvet suit for the evening, with diamond earrings and pearls. Kennedy recalled Franklin Roosevelt’s good neighbor policy on this, the last night of his life. He said that North and South Americans are not only neighbors, but are also friends and associates, with “a common commitment to freedom, to equality of opportunity, to show that equality can be the handmaiden of prosperity.” Then, “in order that my words may be even clearer,” he said, he introduced Mrs. Kennedy, who said some nice things in her soft, breathy voice in Spanish; a Spanish that some of us agreed was more Castilian than the kind of Spanish we hear down here, and that on this account was difficult to understand, not only among those of us who know little of the language, but also among some of the Latin-Americans around me. But that did not matter, nor dampen the “Viva!”s for her. Johnson then made a very brief speech, indeed, just two sentences, that anything he said would be anti-climatic after Mrs. Kennedy’s remarks, and that “We are very proud and very happy” to have the Kennedys there that night. At the coliseum, the “Cuba Student Directorate” had lined up about 30 people across the street from where cars turned into the coliseum drive, and they were chanting and holding signs. Some of the signs said: “The Cuban Revolution Was Not Beaten in Habana Only.” “Cuba Yes Russia No.” “Alpha 66 II Front MRP Directoria.” “Cuba is a Cancer Are We Going to Operate.” “To Fight for the Freedom of Cuba is a Cuban’s Right.” Some of the demonstrators called out slogans in heavy Cuban accents. They took up a chant that, for some confused reason ironically, suggests the civil rights movement in the South: “We want our freedom.” In the midst of the demonstrators there were two odd variations, one emotionally consonant, another contrary. A boy, \(one wonders if he might have been one of the “Kennedy, Khrushchev, King,” and there was also a Confederate flag and a sign, “Ban the Brothers.” And then, right in the middle of all this, shifting his weight slightly from foot to foot, a flicker of a smile playing at his lips as the photographers milled around in the street popping flashes at them all, there was one old man, holding up above his head a small sign that said, “Welcome Kennedy.” CONG. THOMAS said to -the crowd gathered in banquet to honor him, “Our city will continue to grow and grow and grow because you will make it grow.” They gave Kennedy a hat-waving, noisy welcome, rebel yells sounding out against the background of “Hail to the Chief.” Kennedy’s speech recited statistics on Houston’s importance and progress, and he said things a President would be expected to say about a congressman of his party who was being honored. In the light of subsequent revelations that the White House had been advised against the President’s trip to Texas at this time, and that he had himself made the decision to ride in a motorcade in Dallas, one cannot help wondering what ran through the President’s mind as he said: “When I read the report that Congressman Thomas was thinking of resigning, I called him up on the phone and asked him to stay as long as I stayed. I didn’t know how long that would be, but I wanted him to stay. . . . “The presidency has been called a good many names, and presidents have been also, but no president can do anything without the help of friends. . . .” The reference to not knowing how long he’d be President was, of course, a jest. Kennedy was characteristically Bostonian, speaking of “Pennsylvanier Avenue,” and characteristically witty this evening. In fact, while stressing the country’s pursuit of primacy in space, he turned a slip into a score with swift wit and cleverness. He said: ” . . . next month . . . the United States of America fires the largest booster in the history of the world into space for the first time giving us the lead, fires the largest payrollpayloadinto space giving us the lead.” There was a double-take, and laughter, in the crowd. The President said quickly: “It will be the largest payroll, too.” The recovery “Was appreciated in the crowd. Then he said further : “And who should know that better than Houston. We put a little of it right in here.” This worked out to be such a gainful political reference in this city, whose merchants have been benefited and workers more fully engaged because of the N.A.S.A. space center near here, that a veteran White House reporter said he thought the President had made the slip intentionally to set up the ingenious recovery. Welded into Kennedys celebration of Cong. Thomas was the President’s last public statement of the domestic problems ahead of the United States. He said : “There were in 1936, [when Albert Thomas went to the House,} as there are today, those who are opposed to growth and change, who prefer to defy them, who look back instead of forward . . . we dare not look back now, if 27 years from now, in the year 1990 a new generation of Americans is to say that we, too, looked forward. “In 1990, for example, this nation will need three times as much electric power as it has today, four times as much water, and that is why we are developing the Canadian River and the San Angelo, and the Columbus Bend, and other Texas river projects, and seeking at Freeport to find an economical way to get fresh water from salt, and building anti-pollution plants throughout this state and nation, in a new and expanded program. In 1990 the need for national and state parks and recreation areas will triple, reaching a total very nearly the size of Indiana. That is why we are creating Padre Island Seashore, and adding refuge. “In 1990 your sons, daughters, grandsons and grandchildren will be applying to the colleges of this state in a.number three times what they do today. Our airports will serve five times as many passenger miles. We will need housing for a hundred million more people, and many times more doctors and engineers, and technicians, than we are presently producing. . . . “In 1990 the age of space will be entering its second phase, and our hopes in it to preserve the peace, to make sure that in this great new sea, as on earth, the United States is second to none. And that is why I salute Albert Thomas and those Texans who you sent to Washington in his time and since then, who recognize the needs and the trends today in the ’60’s so that when some meet here in 1990 they will look back on what we did and say that we made the right and wise decisions. ‘Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions,’ the Bible tells us; and ‘where there is no vision, the people perish’.” November 29, 1963 3