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LBJ, Lady Bird, and Mrs. Rose Kennedy

Some 30 minutes after leaving Dallas aboard Air Force One after President Kennedy's assassination, President and Mrs. Johnson placed a telephone call to the Kennedy family compound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The Johnsons offered their condolences to Mrs. Rose Kennedy, mother of the late President. Sergeant Joseph Ayres, the steward aboard Air Force One who initially talked with Mrs. Kennedy, would later tell William Manchester that he had to check himself from saying "President" Johnson. But Rose Kennedy used the appellation without hesitation.

Date:  Nov 22, 1963
Time:  15:15
Participants:  Lyndon Johnson, Lady Bird Johnson, Rose Kennedy
Conversation Number:  0-969-3

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