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February 15, 1997 | From Associated Press
Almost a year before he began the large-scale military buildup in Vietnam, President Lyndon B. Johnson called the war "the biggest damn mess I ever saw" and lamented: "I don't think it's worth fighting for, and I don't think we can get out." Johnson made the complaint in a May 27, 1964, phone conversation with his national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy. Tapes of the conversation, and another the same day with his close friend and political mentor, Sen.
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April 8, 1987 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
"Mah fellow Americans." How easy it is--and was--to caricature Lyndon Baines Johnson, whose presidency was sandwiched by the tragedies of Dallas and Vietnam. Show him rough and crude and elephant-eared and Texas and manipulative and intimidating and predatory, peering through his eyeglasses at a squirming, about-to-be-scrunched political victim. American Presidents are made for exaggeration because their lives and burdens--and consequently faults--are already larger than life.
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July 14, 1989 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
It is only 25 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson first declared his hopes and plans for a Great Society in America, but his words now sound as distant and strange as echoes from another epoch in another world. So remote do those times seem to the present era of budget restraints and hands-off government that the anniversary of Johnson's speech launching the Great Society--May 22, 1964, at the University of Michigan--passed entirely without notice.
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November 7, 2001 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 285 actors in dark suits and thin ties stood in the crisp-looking White House of the 1960s as director John Frankenheimer demanded louder applause for Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, played by a bespectacled Alec Baldwin. There is something eerie, though, on the set of HBO's "Path to War," which explores the agonizing decisions reached by Lyndon B. Johnson about the Vietnam conflict.
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September 27, 1998 | JIM MANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid the utmost secrecy, top aides of President Lyndon B. Johnson agonized during the early months of 1964 over a single, preoccupying national security issue: Should the United States bomb China to stop it from becoming a nuclear power? "I'm for this," scrawled Johnson's national security advisor, McGeorge Bundy, on one memo about a possible preemptive strike that might cripple Chinese nuclear installations. The Joint Chiefs of Staff studied options for military action, including the use of U.
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October 17, 1997 | JOSH GETLIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a cool autumn morning 35 years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy woke up and learned that the world was inching closer by the minute to nuclear war. An aide told him that the Soviet Union had been quietly installing offensive nuclear weapons in Cuba, as documented by U.S. reconnaissance photos. The missiles were pointed at key American cities. Kennedy said they had enough firepower to kill 92 million people.
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September 9, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The historian-as-flatterer staked out a point of view on a bright Maine morning. David Valdez slowly twisted his camera's lens, focusing on the President. He saw every tick, every emotion yet recorded a selective moment. On this warm summer day, when George Bush was managing a diplomatic crisis in the Middle East--and his vacation--Valdez, the President's personal photographer, faithfully trailed after him.
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November 21, 2002 | From Reuters
Robert Caro on Wednesday won the National Book Award for "Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson," his third book on the life of the late president. Caro, who is working on a fourth and his intended last book on Johnson, said in a statement read at the National Book Foundation award ceremony here that people often ask if he gets bored spending so much time on one person. "I consider each of my four books studies on political power, how it is acquired and how it is used," he said.
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August 25, 1992 | JOANNE HARRISON, Joanne Harrison is an author and playwright in Houston, Tex
In 1965, the year of the Watts riot, Lyndon Baines Johnson saved my life. He was 53 and living in the White House. I was 16, barely hanging on in Boston's toughest white working-class neighborhood. We never met, and I can't imagine what would have happened if we had. People in the "nabe" hated his guts. Mockingly, they called him a "you all," the lowest thing they could think of. He talked weird--unlike us, whose dialect was unintelligible to all but those within a few miles of home.
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February 16, 1997 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
It was June 23, 1964, and President Johnson was given sharply differing opinions on the disappearance of three young civil rights workers in Mississippi, according to taped telephone conversations released by Johnson's presidential library in Austin. Before the day was over, the trio's burning car had been found. Their bodies were found 40 days later. Atty. Gen. Robert F.
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