Ambassador Goldberg Sworn in at White House for His U.N. Post

Ambassador Arthur J. Goldberg, at swearing-in ceremonies at the White House today stated that he assumed his duties as American delegate to the United Nations with a feeling that there should not be undue pessimism about the world organization but recognition of U.N. achievements in the issues of Suez, Korea, Iran, Congo, and Cyprus.

President Lyndon B. Johnson lauded Mr. Goldberg by stating that he knew of no man “more able, more gifted to express, interpret and explain the policies of the United States Government as determined by the President and the Congress.”

Mr. Goldberg declared himself prepared to face the diplomatic and financial crises which he said currently “hover like a specter” over the U.N. It was in this connection that he pointed out that there should not be undue pessimism during a period of disagreement with the U.N., but recognition of such U.N. “achievements” as the U.N. role in the Suez affair of the 1956-57 and other trouble spots.

The oath was administered in impressive ceremonies by Justice Hugo Black of the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Black commented on the high esteem held by the justices of the highest court for Mr. Goldberg who relinquished his place on the bench to accept President Johnson’s request for him to replace Mr. Stevenson.

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