[Guest post by DRJ]
“Though Liz Carpenter and laughter went hand in hand, she was passionate about politics and played an important role in it. She penned the words President Lyndon Johnson as he took the oath of office aboard Air Force One after the Kennedy assassination.
“On that bad awful day in Dallas — I was the only writer aboard at that time. It just came to me, it just came to me that statement and I think God handed it to me because it just came so easily. It’s a sad time for all people. We’ve suffered a loss that cannot be weighed,” she said.”
Carpenter wrote, “This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep, personal tragedy. I know the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best; that is all I can do. I ask for your help and God’s.
She also had a good sense of humor:
“I went to Washington in 1942 with my journalism degree in hand and my virtue intact — and I still have a journalism degree.”