Interview SummaryRobert Baker begins the interview by commending Clements' competency as Majority Leader and Majority Whip, especially his ability to "bring people together" across political ideologies, and "get things done." Baker discusses Clements' involvement in the McCarthy hearings. They also talk about Clements' failed 1956 re-election campaign for Senate, and how his missing vote affected legislation in-process at the time. Baker talks about Ed Prichard, a key figure in education reform in his native state of Kentucky. He talks at length about John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family. Baker briefly addresses a question about Tommy "The Cork" Corcoran, before discussing his interactions with a number of people surrounding Lyndon Johnson's administration, and his particular disdain for Robert Caro. Baker discusses Johnson's failing health, beginning with his heart attack in 1955, his diagnosis of throat cancer, and his resulting psychological malaise. Baker talks about Lyndon Johnson's dedication to civil rights, and his party's efforts to establish good relations with minorities. Baker describes the effect of the Vietnam War on President Johnson, the adversity from the public, and Johnson's own insecurities. They compare the aftermath of the Vietnam War to World War I.
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Baker, Robert G. Interview by Tracy Campbell. 19 Oct. 2009. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Baker, R.G. (2009, October 19). Interview by T. Campbell. Earle C. Clements Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Baker, Robert G., interview by Tracy Campbell. October 19, 2009, Earle C. Clements Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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