A luncheon meeting at the White House. During such meetings, President Johnson expected me to be on call, ready resolve any factual issues. On one occasion, when I corrected Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara about some obscure and meaningless fact, Johnson could not disguise his pleasure. From the left are George Christian, Walt Rostow, Robert McNamara, Tom Johnson, Richard Helms, Dean Rusk and President Johnson.

LBJ Library Photo by Yoichi Okamota

I always found Richard Helms an attractive and compelling personality, though we tended to circle each other in a friendly but cautious manner. He often seemed to be one step ahead of me, yet he never alluded to any doubts about me.

LBJ Library Photo by Yoichi Okamoto 

Allen Dulles was quite fond of his nickname at the Agency, “The Great White Case Hunter,” although it suggested, accurately, that he was more interested in clandestine operations than in actually managing the Agency. He once tried to enlist me to “facilitate” his interests in the Senate, though it is possible he was simply testing my loyalty to my boss, Senator Russell.

National Archives, 306-PS-56-17740 

I first saw the U-2 take off on a test flight in the Nevada desert in 1955. It looked frail and impermanent then, yet over the years it would touch down in a surprising number of my unfortunate activities in Washington.

At a hearing of the Senate Preparedness Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee, all is right with the world. My first mentor in Washington, Senator Leverett Saltonstall, is on the far left. To Saltonstall’s left are Senator Ralph Flanders of Vermont, Rear Admiral Hyman Rickover, the father of the nuclear submarine and Senator Senator Lyndon Johnson.  

After the debacle of the Bay of Pigs, President Kennedy forced Allen Dulles to retire from the CIA. Here, at a farewell ceremony at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia in November 1961, Kennedy gives Dulles the National Security Medal. I never felt particularly guilty; Dulles really brought it all on himself.

Cecil Stoughton. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

On a freezing night in January 1961, the new President and First Lady arrive at the Inaugural Ball at the National Guard Armory, the third of five inaugural balls. Jackie is already looking a little wan and at the next stop, the Sheraton Park, she did not get out but was driven back to the White House. The President continued on from the Sheraton to the Shoreham and then on to Georgetown. where we both wound up at Joe Alsop’s late night party.

Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

Lyndon Johnson was the greatest arm-twister in Washington. When he wanted something he got very close and became very insistent even with my boss, Senator Russell, whom he regarded as a mentor. On one occasion it was me he wanted, and Russell let him have me. The period when I was on the White House staff was my most unhappy in Washington.

LBJLibrary photo by Yoichi Okakmoto