78. Memorandum From the President’s Special Assistant (Rostow) to President Johnson1
Washington, May 31, 1966, 11:30 a.m.
One reason I have difficulty supplying you names for State Dept. 7th floor is this: I believe the new Under Secretary you are looking for should have a considerable voice in building the 7th floor team. That team should be well balanced between old professionals and first-rate, lively outsiders; but he should have an important part in the choice.[Page 169]
Therefore, you may wish to focus first on who this man is; and then, taking him into your confidence, go to work on rebuilding the whole top echelon with him.
W.W. Rostow 2