26. Editorial Note
On December 5, 1963, President Lyndon B.
Johnson chaired the first National Security Council
meeting of his administration. Because there was no Vice President, the
President invited Representative Sam Rayburn of Texas to attend National
Security Council meetings “from time to time as his schedule permitted.”
Rayburn was Johnson’s successor in the event of the
President’s death in office. For an outline of remarks Bundy prepared for the President and
the summary record of this 520th NSC
Relations, 1961–1963, volume VIII, Documents 149 and
150. See also Smith, Organizational
History of the National Security Council, page 57.