as soon as Johnson got to Washington, wanted to move into the Oval Office immediately--had been advised, in fairness, by Secretary of State Dean Rusk and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara that he really needed to move in right away and assume the reins of the presidency so that there was no question in the world, particularly in the Communist world, that there was order in the United States and continuity.
So Johnson wanted to move into the Oval Office and very callously told
John Kennedy's personal secretary, Evelyn Lincoln, to get her stuff
together by 9:30 and--so his girls could come in. That's the way he
put it. Robert Kennedy walked into the Oval Office to--moments later
to get some of his brother's belongings out of the desk, found Evelyn
Lincoln weeping and was just enraged at Johnson. He just couldn't
believe that Johnson could be so callous.
He stormed into the Oval Office and attacked Johnson for it.
Johnson blithely sort of waved his hand and gave Evelyn
Lincoln another hour to get her things together. So things got off to
a very bad foot between the two of them--on a very bad foot.