Columnists: The One with Connections

The day after President Kennedy's assassination, William S. White, a syndicated political columnist, got a telephone call from Lyndon Johnson.

Would Bill and June take dinner with Lady Bird and the President? White had been half expecting the call. "It was a kind of reflex action," he said later. "Just the sort of thing a fellow would do—to call up a friend and ask him to come over to dinner." Since then, the Whites have been invited to dinner many times at the Johnsons' 18-acre spread on Pennsylvania Avenue. Johnson has twice...

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