I am going to say exactly what I mean in there today. For twenty years, I watched the Republicans in Congress as though they had no function, no mandate, no capacity, to do anything more than constantly bite at Roosevelt and Truman. A party leader who can only say ‘no’ is no kind of party leader at all, in my book. Twenty years of screaming at Roosevelt and Truman got the Republicans this: the loss of power for twenty years and a reputation in the country for being only nay-sayers. I don’t believe that the sole duty of an opposition is just to oppose; I believe the United States Senate has a duty to have its own programs, too. Now that the Republicans at last are in the White House, I am not only interested in running a party that can only attack Eisenhower.
Lyndon B. Johnson, on his vision for his role upon his election as the Democratic floor leader in the U.S. Senate, January 3, 1953.
I have received the letter, which Your
Majesty has had the kindness to write & am deeply grateful for its
expressions of tender sympathy, coming as they do, from a heart which
from its own sorrow, can appreciate the intense grief, I now endure.
Accept, Madam, the assurance of my heartfelt thanks & believe me in
the deepest sorrow, Your Majesty’s sincere and grateful friend.
President Lincoln died on April 15, 1865, at 7:22 a.m. after being shot in the head by John Wilkes Booth. His widow, Mary Todd Lincoln, wrote this letter–bordered with black for mourning–just over a month later.
She thanked Queen Victoria of England, who had sent Mrs. Lincoln a letter of condolence earlier. Mrs. Lincoln notes that the Queen, whose husband Albert had died in 1861, truly knows the “intense grief” which she is feeling.
A copy of the letter sent to Mrs. Lincoln from Queen Victoria can be seen here http://ow.ly/LEdIC in the Library of Congress.
The letter is part of the holdings of the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum.