24. Editorial Note

According to a memorandum of a telephone conversation on February 24, 1965, between President Johnson and Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Thomas Mann, the following discussion took place: [Page 55]

“Mr. Mann said that on the subject of organization, he had had a talk with Ball and has begun work on how we can pull the Department together and get a better communication at the Assistant Secretary level and also make better recommendations to the President, both on the best men inside the Department and the best ones outside. He said that he was going to have lunch with Mr. Ball and Mr. Macy tomorrow. The President said that he should pull Crockett in on all these meetings that he can. He said that he should tell them that he likes Crockett and respects his judgment.” (Johnson Library, Mann Papers, Telephone Conversations with LBJ)