In 1968, during the administration of US President Lyndon B. Johnson, Eartha Kitt encountered a substantial professional setback after she made anti-war statements during a White House luncheon. Kitt was invited to the White House luncheon and was asked by Lady Bird Johnson about the Vietnam War. She replied: “You send the best of this country off to be shot and maimed. No wonder the kids rebel and take pot.”
During a question and answer session, Kitt stated:
The children of America are not rebelling for no reason. They are not hippies for no reason at all. We don’t have what we have on Sunset Blvd. for no reason. They are rebelling against something. There are so many things burning the people of this country, particularly mothers. They feel they are going to raise sons — and I know what it’s like, and you have children of your own, Mrs. Johnson — we raise children and send them to war.
Her remarks reportedly caused Mrs. Johnson to burst into tears and led to a derailment in Kitt’s career
There isn’t a day in my life that I don’t think of my partner. Not a day. Never. I don’t have any qualms about proclaiming the love I had for my partner. Every time I walk on a stage I know it’s because of him and what he did to get me there. It’s a constant appreciation and a gratitude to a man that I can’t communicate with but I just hope he’s peeking in, listening and knowing how much I care and how much I miss him. - Jerry Lewis
They come on like they’re peaceful But inside they’re so uptight They trip through the day And waste all their thoughts at night Now how can I come on And tell them the way that they live could be better