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September 18, 1996 |
A heretofore heavily edited FBI document released Tuesday by a federal board collecting documents on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy quotes a KGB source as saying the Soviets believed the new president, Lyndon B. Johnson, was responsible for the assassination. The Assassination Records Review Board, meeting in Los Angeles for its fourth hearing, released the before-and-after versions of the document, dated Dec. 1, 1966.
March 16, 1998 |
Lyndon B. Johnson was so fearful that Hubert H. Humphrey would break with him over Vietnam in an attempt to win the 1968 election that he had the FBI bug his own vice president, a new biography of LBJ discloses.
May 18, 1997 |
Just as Ronnie Dugger taught others, he himself was taught. And perhaps his greatest teacher was Lyndon B. Johnson. For years, the powerful Democrat had tried to stamp out renegade Texas progressives, with little success. One day, LBJ invited Dugger out to his ranch. As Johnson swam in his pool, the young editor sat respectfully in a chaise lounge. "Boy, what's the circulation of your magazine?" Johnson asked. "I'd say it's about 6,000, sir," Dugger answered.
February 15, 1997 |
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.
April 9, 1995 |
After three decades of refusing to discuss publicly his central role in the Vietnam War, former Defense Secretary Robert S. McNamara has written a brutally self-critical memoir assigning himself much of the blame for the most tragic international misadventure in U.S. history. As recounted by McNamara in "In Retrospect: The Tragedy and Lessons of Vietnam," the war could and should have been avoided and should have been halted at several key junctures, one as early as 1963.
April 8, 1987 |
"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.
October 30, 1994 |
The late President Lyndon B. Johnson rarely missed a funeral, no matter how far he had to go. And where the President of the United States goes, the White House press corps, which has on occasion been mistaken for the cast of "The Night of the Living Dead," follows. Perhaps the most memorably awful of LBJ's travels was the time he went to the funeral of Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt, who had disappeared during a fishing trip around Christmas of 1967 and was presumed drowned.
July 14, 1989 |
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.
December 9, 1987 |
When President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei N. Kosygin parted after their hastily arranged 1967 meeting at Glassboro, N.J., it appeared that another U.S.-Soviet summit had turned to ashes. There was no agreement to describe for the hundreds of reporters who had rushed into the little college town. There was not even a joint statement. Kosygin drove back up the New Jersey Turnpike to New York, and the President took his helicopter back to Washington.
November 7, 2001 |
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.