Editor says, what if LBJ had been re-elected and sent Gregory Peck to Ireland in 1969? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in an interview with the Irish media, Peck revealed that former President Lyndon Johnson had told him that, had he sought re-election in 1968, he intended to offer Peck the post of U.S. ambassador to Ireland - a post Peck, due to his Irish ancestry, said he might well have taken, saying "[It] would have been a great adventure". Author Michael Freedland, in his biography of Peck, substantiates the report and says that Johnson indicated that his presentation of the Medal of Freedom to Peck would perhaps make up for his inability to confer the ambassadorship. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.