THE VICE PRESIDENT
December 9, 1968
I am grateful for your warm note about the
Although it is not easy to lose, I do have
the satisfaction of the feeling that the cam-
paign may have done the country's mood some good.
I am grateful, as always, for your thought-
fullness and support.
Hubert H. Humphrey
Dr. Reinhold Niebuhr
November 18, 1968
As one of your many friends who were worried about
your involvement in the Vietnam issue and were afraid that
the matter hurt your chances for the Presidency, I want to
give you this special letter of congratulations on the
gallant fight you made against heavy odds which almost but
not quite won the election. You narrowed the gap in the
various polls, and now President-elect Nixon has won the
electoral college by a miniscule majority. This is as
Jesse Unruh declared; this is the most tremendous personal
triumph. I hope it will console you although the fact of
losing this great office by such a narrow margin cannot
offer sufficient consolation.
Meanwhile we are under the Presidency of Mr. Nixon
whom nobody quite trusts, and I only hope as patriot that
it may not be as bad as we feel that it may be. Incidentally,
I was particularly struck by the 90% vote that you had from
the ghettos of the various cities. This was among your many
triumphs the greatest triumph. We are all so sorry that we
will not have your leadership in the next four years.
Politics is a strange game but the vicissitudes of politics
cannot obscure the admiration and affectation which many of
your friends, and indeed many of the citizens of our country,
have for you.
Vice-President Hubert Humphrey
Reinhold Niebuhr Papers: Library of Congress, Manuscript Reading Room