Message to Prime Minister Menzies of Australia Upon Learning of His Decision To Retire.
[Released January 24, 1966. Dated January 19, 1966]
IT IS with mixed feelings of regret and understanding that I have learned of your decision to retire from active public life. I say regret because I have deeply valued your friendship, your understanding, and your support on a range of world issues and, in particular, in connection with the struggle to defend the Republic of Vietnam against Communist aggression and subversion. I say understanding because after 19 years of distinguished service as Prime Minister of Australia and a lifetime spent in vigorously supporting and defending democratic ideals in your own country, in the British Commonwealth, and in the world, you have fully established your right to a period of rest and contemplation. I will miss your wisdom and sturdy good sense. With cordial best wishes,
LYNDON B. JOHNSON
Lyndon B. Johnson, Message to Prime Minister Menzies of Australia Upon Learning of His Decision To Retire. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/238943