Miller Center

George Reedy

Speaker: George E. Reedy
Date: February 14, 1972
Congressional Correspondent for the United Press. Reedy first met Johnson in 1951, when he served as Staff Counsel to the Senate Armed Services Preparedness Subcommittee and Staff Director of both the minority and majority policy committees. After Johnson?s election to the Vice-Presidency, Reedy was named Special Assistant responsible for the coordination of speechwriting and press relations. By 1964, Reedy had become White House Press Secretary. However, when Johnson?s popularity began to decline, Reedy was replaced. Reedy briefly served as Special Assistant to Johnson in 1965, but resigned to enter private business. In 1966, Johnson called on Reedy once again, asking him to sit on the National Advisory Commission on Selective Service that eventually suggested the idea of the draft lottery.