112. Minutes of Cabinet Meeting1
The President opened the meeting of the Cabinet at 12:10 p.m.
He began with a brief summary of the week-end trip to Central America (see attached outline). After completing his formal report, the President said:
“I would say there is no problem in Central America that money and resources cannot cure. But the problems are many, and they are [Page 264] great. There is a great deal to do in education, in health, in housing, in transportation and communication.
“When all these problems are solved, we can expect to see a better life for all the people of this hemisphere, and we can expect to see greatly expanded trade between our country and all these nations.
“The trip was well worth the weekend. Never—not even on the last night of a campaign, surrounded by my closest friends—have I experienced such a warm spirit of affection and hospitality.
“Minor incidents—paint throwing and so forth—were really unimportant, negligible occurrences on this trip. Every place we went, there were thousands of people applauding the United States and applauding the President. They appeared to me about as friendly as any people could be.
“We received the same kind of welcome when we visited each country’s airport, to drop off their Presidents.
“All in all, it was a good weekend. Now I hope that AID and USIA and the other agencies will follow up this effort, and help these Central American countries as they have helped other countries.
“My most vivid impression is that there is so much to do—and so little time to do it.”
- Source: Johnson Library, Cabinet Papers, July 10, 1968. Confidential. According to the President’s Daily Diary, Johnson met with the Cabinet, July 10, 12:10–1:15 p.m. The first item on the agenda was the President’s report on his trip to Central America. (Johnson Library)↩
- The outline was drafted by Rostow on July 9 as “Talking Points on the Central American Trip.” (Ibid., Cabinet Papers)↩