Warren Commission: Conversation with House Speaker John McCormack

Speaker: Lyndon B Johnson
Delivered On: 11/29/1963
Place: Washington, DC
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Description: LBJ and House Speaker John McCormack (Dem.-Mass.) discuss commission membership. Issues include regional and ideological balance. Rep. Otto Passman (Dem.-Tex.) joins the conversation. Here, we're offering selected telephone conversations concerning the Special Commission to Investigate the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy (the Warren Commission). President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963. Shortly thereafter, the House of Representatives and the Senate considered independent investigations of the assassination and the murder of Kennedy's putative assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. To trump these congressional efforts, President Lyndon Johnson decided to form a presidential commission to investigate the assassination and Oswald's death. These conversations document the formation of the commission -- indentified by the popular title "The Warren Commission" -- because the chairman was Chief Justice Earl Warren.

The selected conversations you will hear document Johnson's extraordinary persuasiveness. The matchup of personalities called on all of Johnson's ability. Appeals to patriotism, family, and honor were interspersed in his conversations. Some people were honored, others were reluctant despite the Johnson treatment. In the end, all served. These conversations explain how Johnson cobbled the committee together. (The conversations are in chronological order.)

A comment about the recordings. These recordings vary dramatically in audio quality. The recordings were made on Dictaphone Dictabelt equipment. You will hear many imperfections. Sometimes the audio may be inaudible. This is not the fault of your RealAudio Player. The problem lies in the source material. Do not be discouraged, for there are riches to be found here that will illuminate those sad and frightening days following Kennedy's death.
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