Containing Multitudes Since 2004
It always tickled me that LBJ became a "longhair" in his remaining years.
He vaguely reminds me of Charles Bukowski; very counter cultural
In line with the previous two comments--it apparently really hurt LBJ that the hippies hated him as the representative of the establishment. He had bummed around the country in his late teens and early twenties and had always felt like an outsider among the Ivy League graduates who ended up as his subordinates. So being seen as the ultimate insider by a group of outsiders for whom he felt some affinity made him unhappy. Of course, there was that whole Vietnam War thing...
The man that really transformed this country, mostly for good. The real maverick in politics.
a maverick for the americans, maybe.A war criminal for the Vietnamese, no doubt.nice website.
in addition to what estiv said, he also started smoking again when he left the white house. When he had to quit, after a big BIG heart attack in the mid 50's, he lamented that he would have rather cut off his pecker than quit smoking. He really was a great president who got undone by the war.
He always seemed a decent type, I think the war destroyed him.
If ever a president was overdue for a major historical reassessment it is Johnson. He suffered from the way that he came into office as much as anything. He was, for example, far more liberal on Civil Rights than John Kennedy but perhaps inevitably his landmark work on this issue - like most of the good things that he did was attributed to the "Kennedy legacy." The war and the US troop build-up in Vietnam (that started under JFK) those were all his. There are the continuing stories that if Kennedy had lived he would have pulled the troops out after the 1964 election. Kennedy became the shining light of Camelot, while Johnson was (as Pete Seegar put it that song on the infamous Smothers Brothers) "the big fool."
Considering the lambasting that Hillary Clinton received this past Spring when, on the 30th anniversary of that tragic day in Memphis, she had the audacity to suggest that we owe a debt of gratitude for the work of LBJ on the issue of Civil Rights, I am afraid that the historic reassessment of his administration, while long overdue, will still be a long time coming.
More like Lyndon Baines Hippie if ya ask me.......
I am reminded of the old SNL line: "Lyndon Baines Johnson's Mexican whores referred to him as 'El BJ'"
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