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Luci Baines Johnson, Harry Middleton, Betty Sue Flowers, Regina Greenwell, Claudia Anderson
Press conference on LBJ telephone conversations release, Dec. 4, 2008
L-R - Luci Baines Johnson, Harry Middleton, Betty Sue Flowers, Regina Greenwell, Claudia Anderson
LBJ Library Photo by Charles Bogel

News stories about release of the Highlights from LBJ’s Telephone Conversations: May 1968 – January 1969


ABC News
"New Tapes Show LBJ Worried About Vietnam, Nixon"
By Sean Connery
In the last months of his administration, President Lyndon Johnson voiced worry over the Vietnam peace talks and stridently suggested that associates of Richard Nixon were attempting to keep South Vietnam away from the table until after the 1968 election, recordings of telephone conversations released Thursday show. [view and read more...]

CBS News
"Inside LBJ's Private Calls"
By White House correspondent Bill Plante
New audio tapes were released Thursday from the final months of Lyndon Johnson's presidency four decades ago. [view and read more...]


(video courtesy of CBS News)

CBS2 Chicago
"Tapes Reveal Chicago Connection To LBJ White House"
By Mike Flannery
CBS 2 Political Editor Mike Flannery reports there's a major Chicago connection that came to light – a phone conversation 40 years ago between LBJ and Mayor Richard J. Daley, father of our current mayor. [view and read more...]

ABC7 Chicago
"LBJ tapes include Daley conversations"
By Chuck Goudie
The final, secret tapes of former president Lyndon Johnson were made public Thursday in Texas. And two of the tapes are of private conversations between LBJ and then-Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley. [view and read more...]

ABC7 Chicago
"Former Ill. gov blasts LBJ, Daley"
By Mike Flannery
Defending himself against a shot from the past, former Illinois Gov. Dan Walker on Friday said that Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley and President Lyndon Johnson were wrong in 1968 to criticize him as a "bad man." [read more...]

NBC Chicago
"Daley Heard on Newly-Released LBJ Tapes"
Private tape-recorded conversations between President Lyndon B. Johnson and late mayor Richard J. Daley provide new insight into Chicago history. [read more...]

KVUE News
"New tapes show LBJ worried about Vietnam, Nixon"
By Jessica Vess
What were once private phone calls, often times under strict confidence now resonate with the push of a button. The voice of President Lyndon Baines Johnson echoes in recorded phone calls. [view and read more...]

News 8 Austin
"LBJ's final year in office released on tape"
By Catie Beck
Historians suggest between the years 1968 and 1969 was not only the last year of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency, but also the most difficult. [view and read more...]

The Associated Press.
"LBJ Library releases last of recordings"
he recordings cover the last months of Johnson's presidency in late 1968 and early 1969. Johnson can be heard expressing his condolences to Sen. Edward Kennedy after the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy. [read more...]

The New York Times
"In Tapes, Johnson Accused Nixon’s Associates of Treason"
In the last months of his administration, President Lyndon B. Johnson suggested that associates of Richard M. Nixon were trying to persuade the South Vietnamese government not to join the peace talks until after the 1968 election, recordings of telephone conversations released Thursday show. [read more...]

The Dallas Morning News
"LBJ Library releases last set of secret recordings"
By Robert T. Garrett
Newly revealed tapes shed light on a hard-fought presidential race’s finish and how a president from Texas, widely reviled for his conduct of an unpopular war, reaches out to a successor of the other party. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
"In tapes, LBJ accuses Nixon of treason"
By Mark Lisheron
Johnson thought meddling derailed planned Vietnam peace talks on eve of 1968 election, according to final recordings made public. [read more...]

United Press International, Inc.
"Tapes say LBJ suspected Nixon of treason"
Johnson suspected that Republican Nixon, running against Hubert Humphrey, Johnson's vice president, was interfering in the Vietnam war to sway the election, a move he classified as political sabotage or more to his view, treason, the recordings say. [read more...]

Yahoo! News
"LBJ pushed Humphrey to mull Inouye as VP candidate"
By Audrey McAvoy
President Lyndon Johnson urged Hubert Humphrey to consider picking U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye as his vice-presidential running mate in 1968, newly released tapes from the Johnson library reveal. [read more...]

Houston Press
"Last Of The LBJ Tapes Are Released"
You can say a lot of things about LBJ, but for all his faults he at least did us all a favor by taping tons of his phone conversations. [read more...]

AOL News
"LBJ Tapes Show Frustration Over Vietnam"
By Kelley Shannon
President Lyndon Johnson voiced worry over the Vietnam peace talks and stridently suggested that associates of Richard Nixon were attempting to keep South Vietnam away from the table until after the 1968 election, recordings of telephone conversations released Thursday show. [read more...]

Newsday.com
"Nation briefs: Tapes of LBJ's last days in White House"
Newly revealed tapes shed light on a hard-fought presidential race's finish and how a president from Texas, widely reviled for his conduct of an unpopular war, reaches out to a successor of the other party. [read more...]

Delmarvanow.com
"New Johnson tapes shed more light"
Watergate sleuth Bob Woodward likes to call the Nixon White House tapes, as the Hallmark greeting card slogan puts it, "The Gift That Keeps on Giving." The same certainly can be said of the latest batch of Lyndon Johnson tapes released by the LBJ Library in Austin, Texas. [read more...]