Thursday, August 27, 2009


The consummate politician, Lyndon Baines Johnson served our country as its 36th president from 1963 to 1969, having assumed the presidency upon the assassination of President Kennedy. He finished Kennedy's term and served one full term to which he was elected in his own right. He chose not to run for reelection.

Mr. Johnson was born August 27, 1908 near Stonewall, Texas. Following graduation from college, Johnson taught school for several years, and meanwhile became active in politics. In 1937 he ran for a House seat and was elected. The rest of his life until his retirement from the presidency was consumed in politics and public office.

Mr. Johnson was a very forceful personality and was known as an arm-twister, someone who got things done. He was the last president who never appointed a chief-of-staff while he was in the White House. He was a hands-on manager, a prime manipulator and he knew where all the bodies were buried.
LBJ's failure to bring the Viet Nam war to a conclusion distressed him, and many of the features of his "Great Society" program distressed conservatives. Some think that Medicare and Medicaid were the capstone of his administration.

The positions he held and the accomplishments of his career are too numerous to mention. Look him up.
Lyndon Baines Johnson 1908 - 1973 RIP


Andrea said...

Thanks for broadening our horizons by reminding us of the history of our beloved country.

vanilla said...

I do believe we can benefit from "remembering" our past, Andrea. Thanks and Blessings to you.