Miller Center

Robert Wood

Speaker: Robert C. Wood
Date: October 19, 1968
Undersecretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development beginning in 1966 and through the time of the interview in 1968 discusses his career, development of task forces, and his role in the Johnson Administration. Became first acquainted with Lyndon B. Johnson in 1960 and, among other subjects, addresses the Task Force on Urban Affairs, concept of the Great Society, differences between Kennedy?s and Johnson?s approach of urban problems, origins of the rent supplement idea, the Model Cities program and task force, conflict between the cost of the Great Society and the cost of the Vietnam War, the Rat Extermination Bill, and the problem with the formation of the Department of Transportation.