LBJ was impressed with the intellectual Kennedy advisors, even if he was something of an outsider among them. Later, LBJ told of how he had spoken admiringly of them to his mentor Speaker Sam Rayburn, who said:
“Well, Lyndon, you may be right and they may be every bit as intelligent as you say, but I’d feel a whole lot better about them if just one of them had run for sheriff once.”
—Halberstam, David. The Best and the Brightest, New York: Random House, 1972, p. 41.
Harry S. Truman taking the oath of office at the White House after the death of President Roosevelt. 4/12/1945
Offering his consolation to the widowed Eleanor Roosevelt, Vice President Truman asked the now-former First Lady, “Is there anything that I can do for you?”
ER responded, “Is there anything that we can do for you? For you are the one who in trouble now.”
-from the Truman Library