The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on April 2, 1968 · Page 5
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, April 2, 1968
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Biyiheville (Ark.) Courier News — Tuesday, April i, 1SS8 — Page Flvs LBJ's First Day As lame Duck 7 President Easy By FRANK CORMIER Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Lyndon B. Johnson has served his first day as a "lame duck" President—and managed to make it look easy. If Johnson entertained any private misgivings Monday about his "completely irrevocable" decision to shim another race for the country's highest office, they were totally camouflaged. In'fact, the Chief Executive looked and acted like a man who had just invented peace of mind, peace of soul; or both. He seemed relaxed, confident and happy. Often labeled an impatient man, quick to anger when discomfited, he remained unruffled even when a mishap involving the White House press corps-a traditional adversary of all presidents—kept him an immobile prisoner in his own airplane for more than half an hour. Although it usually is as- sumed there is little brotherly love between Johnson and Sen, Robert F. Kennedy of New York, who covets his job, even mention of Kennedy's name failed to draw sparks. Johnson, when asked if he would honor the senator's request for an early face-to-face meeting, simply replied, "Surely." When a reporter then inquired if the President had any particular meeting time in mind, Johnson appeared the soul of magnanimity and accommodation. "Whenever it is convenient for him," he said. Observers have noted in the past that Johnson has seemed to find new zest for life—and greater equanimity—after resolving, to his satisfaction, major problems. That would seem to be the case now. He has "crossed that bridge" —a phrase he repeatedly used Demo Senators Happy LBJ Not Running to describe his possible 1968 candidacy—and he gives every sign o£ being very relieved that he reached the farther shore safely. For many reasons, Monday wasn't a typical day in Johnson's life as President. But neither was it unusual. He flew to Chicago on short notice—par for the recent course—and addressed the National Association of Broadcasters. Even with the scant notice, one might have expected the President to be greeted at some point by sign-carrying antiwar pickets. In truth, he got .a catcall or two when he walked through the, packed lobby of the Conrad Hilton Hotel—but he also got a lot of cheers that somehow sounded more sincere and enthusiastic than many in the recent past. It was easy to imagine that a lot of Americans had been .personally touched by Johnson's surprise disavowal of polities— and that these cheering people either were sorry about his decision or, for one reason or another, felt he had grown a few inches in the process, earning an extra measure of respect. Johnson then proceeded up the stairs to lecture the broadcasters. Although he made clear that he thinks wars abroad and riots at home, through some in- jherently unfair quirk of human nature, make more compelling television news fare than accounts of conciliation and consensus, his audience seemed grateful that he had come to share these presumably disquieting thoughts with them. Then came the delayed flight back to Washington. Two chartered buses carrying the White House press.corps to the airport collided on a crowded expressway. Although there were no serious injuries, each vehicle had to be hauled away. Replacements were sent—and that took time. Johnson had to wait aboard his plane while this superhigh- way transfer was accomplished because all the reporters and ' photographers from Washington , were flying with him aboard Air Force One. If the delay disturbed him, tie didn't show it. As soon as the survivors climbed aboard, he quickly began a good-humored razzing of one newsman who hadn't been ready with a quick question when the President. abruptly had called on him by name at last Saturday's quickie news conference. This was no cruel hazing, however. The President sat baclt in his cushioned swivel chair and beamed like Santa Glaus. v?,-^"-" w~< >* By CARL P. LEUBSDORF Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Dem. ccratic senators openly critical of President Johnson's Vietnam policies are privately expressing relief. th« he has decided against running again. Many had-viewed Johnson as the party's likely nominee and felt that—if this were the case —they would be hard-pressed to run under his political mantle with their opposition to his war policies a matter of public record for opponents to seize on. In this presidential election year, Democrats face stiff fights in both the Senate and House. Republicans express confidence in their chances of winning 31 seats and grabbing House control while sharply reducing the nearly 2-1 Democratic majority'in the : Senate. Of 35 Senate seats being contested, 23 are held by Democrats, including 8 outspoken critics of U.S. war policies. "It seems to me it (Johnson's decision) reduces some of the tension and conflict in the cam- paign," Sen. George S. Me-1 bright of Arkansas, Ernest Govern, D-S.D., a war policy i Gruening of Alaska, Gaylord critic, said in an interview. He | Nelson of Wisconsin, Joseph S. added that he thought it would Clark of Pennsylvania and make his own re-election bid easier. Sen. Warren G. Magnuson, D- Wash., who has generally stood by the President on the war issue, said he doubts the President's decision will have a major impact on his own re-election bid. But he acknowledged "the chances of keeping unity might be better," although adding he has always expected most Democrats to line up behind whoever the nominee is. Sen. Albert Gore, D-Tenn., a war policy critic whose current term still has two years to run, said he thinks the President's decision pleased the Democratic senators running for re-election. Besides McGovern, seeking his second term in a normally Republican state, Democratic opponents of Vietnam policies running this year include Sens. Wayne Morse of Oregon, Frank Church of Idaho, J. W. Ful- Abraham A. Ribicoff of Connecticut. .For some weeks, Senate and House Democrats who oppose Johnson on the war have been walking a political tightrope, afraid to offend either wing ol their divided party and worried about the .possibility of having to campaign on a ticket headed by a President of whom they were critical. ' This is the major reason for the widespread neutrality of congressional Democrats. Only a handful supported Minnesota Sen. .Eugene J. McCarthy or New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Many have made themselves hard to find as agents of either McCarthy or Kennedy, now the only announced contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, bombarded their offices with efforts to win their support. While both McCarthy ' and U.S. Granted Veto Power in Gold Meet By JOSEPH R. COYNE I Assocated Press Writer ! WASHINGTON (AP) -.The| United States granted somej sweetening concessions to conti-! nental Europe in winning agreement this past weekend on a! plan to create new international j money. • The big sweetener is a veto over some, basic operations of the . Internationa] Monetary Fund by the six Common Market countries. This was revealed by U.S. officials who said the new plan for j paper gold adopted at Stock-j holm this. past weekend can work without French participation but it will be a year at the earliest, and undoubtedly long- | er, before any paper gold wiil| change hands. LOW OVERHEAD rod hb choice of location* art advantages for, this Korean kKkimtth who carries bis tmOatn with him through the sdPMtt of Seori. "They can't wreck it," one official said of French reluctance to go along with the plan approved by the other nine richest nations of the non-Communist world—including France's five common market partners. Congress will be asked to approve this year the new arrangement—together with the basic reform in the IMF—and government officials say they are optimistic about its chances in both the House and the Senate The IMF reforms consist of changes-in voting requirements on' three specific issues to-give a, veto to the Common Market- France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The Common Market members have 16 per cent' of the weighted votes which are based on the amount of money each country has contributed to the IMF. The United States already has a veto over the affected operations and would retain it. Basic reforms now planned would require an 85 per cent weighted vote to carry outihese operations: —An increase in-fund quotas. This now requires an 80 per cent vote and the United States, with about 25 per cent of the fund's entire subscription of $21 billion, has the only veto now. —Increasing or decreasing the price of gold. This now requires a majority vote with the United States and the United Kingdom each having a veto. .—A new procedure for interpreting the IMF's Articles of Agreement. Any top-level interpretation could be overturned by an 85 per cent weighted vote of member nations. It would also require an 85 per cent vote to actually create the new money which would supplement the money now used by nations—gold, dollars and British pounds—to carry on trade. U.S. officials would be a lot happier if Prance finally decided to go along with the new plan btit one said "it's a workable, viable plan" without French participation. France has about 4V« per cent of the IMF'i voting power. Under the Stockholm agreement, two major steps remain —the first to approve the basic money machinery and the second to put the plan into action. Approval of the machinery requires an 80 per cent weighted vote of the IMF membership with at least 65 countries agreeing. U.S. officials foresee the necessary 65 governments approving the plan by early 1969 but it's anybody's guess when the new money will actually be cranked out by the IMF. American officials hailed the agreement as "almost the end of a long hard road" which began in the summer of 1965 when Secretary of the Treasury Henry H. Fowler suggested negotiations aimed at creating new money. "It isn't a U.S. victory," one official said. "It's a world victo- What's for Lunch? BLYTHEVILLE Wednesday Sliced Turkey and Brown Gravy Mashed Potatoes Green Beans • Cabbage Carrot Slaw ' Milk Hot Rolls Honey Butter Spread Kennedy have criticized Johnson on the war, a third potential candidate, Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey, has been the President's strong supporter. Gore suggested this .might hurt Humphrey if he seeks the presidential nomination, since the trend within the party seems to be away from all-out support of the war in favor of renewed peace efforts such as Johnson launched Sunday night. 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