Post by claviger Post by Anthony Marsh
Good try at deflection, but he really didn't do much to STALK Nixon.
Stop misusing words in English like an ignorant Russian Troll.
Marina was aware he was stalking Nixon and locked LHO in the bathroom.
She may have saved Nixon's life.
Post by Anthony Marsh Post by claviger
and seriously thought about highjacking a commercial airliner to Cuba so
he could be with his heroes, Fidel and Che.
Yeah, and using his pregnant wife to help.
Anything like his PLOT to hijack a BUS to Cuba?
No that was your idea. Did you volunteer to drive him there?
Post by Anthony Marsh Post by claviger
Never let the facts get in the way of a opportunity to bash your political
enemies. So all Liberals instinctively embraced a "Conservatives Did It"
Exactly what you guys do when you call JFK a conservative to create a
phony US VERSUS THEM scenario.
LBJ was a Liberal who did everything opposite of JFK.
Ignorant. LBJ got JFK's programs passed.
The First 100 Days: Lyndon Johnson Fulfilled Kennedy's Legacy
Johnson wanted to assure the country that he would carryout the policies
of his predecessor.
By Kenneth T. Walsh, Contributor???March 5, 2009, at 12:00 p.m.
U.S. News & World Report
The First 100 Days: Lyndon Johnson
It's not a perfect measure, but it's a useful one???the 100-day standard
for gauging presidential effectiveness. The underlying truth is that
presidents tend to be most effective when they first take office, when
their leadership style seems fresh and new, when the aura of victory is
still powerful, and when their impact on Congress is usually at its
height. There is nothing magic about the number, and many presidential
aides over the years have complained that it is an artificial yardstick.
But it has been used by the public, the media, and scholars as a gauge of
presidential success and activism since Franklin D. Roosevelt pioneered
the 100-day concept when he took office in 1933. He was faced with the
calamity of the Depression???and he moved with unprecedented dispatch to
address the problem. "The first hundred days of the New Deal have served
as a model for future presidents of bold leadership and
executive-legislative harmony," writes Cambridge University historian
Anthony Badger in "FDR: The First Hundred Days." In this series, U.S. News
looks at the most far-reaching 100-day periods in presidential history,
starting with FDR. The series will run each week on Thursdays.
Lyndon B. Johnson had a specific objective in mind that guided his
presidency from the start???to out-do Franklin D. Roosevelt as the
champion of everyday Americans. LBJ got off to a fast start, but the very
traits that made his presidency so promising in the beginning???his big
ideas and ability to bend Congress to his will???proved to be the seeds of
his political destruction.
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"Throughout his presidency, Lyndon B. Johnson consistently measured his
record against that of his political hero, FDR," writes Cambridge
University historian Anthony Badger in "FDR: The First Hundred Days." "In
April 1965 he pressed his congressional liaison man, Larry O'Brien, to
'jerk out every damn little bill you can and get them down here by the
12th' because 'on the 12th you'll have the best Hundred Days. Better than
he [FDR] did!"
That was actually after Johnson had been elected to a full term in his own
right, in 1964, but it demonstrated his mindset. Johnson, serving as John
F. Kennedy's vice president, actually had come into office by succession
after Kennedy was assassinated in November 1963. He sought to capitalize
on the Kennedy's murder by moving swiftly to continue Kennedy's legacy. He
immediately pushed Congress to pass Kennedy's agenda to honor the martyred
president but also by moving far beyond it and expanding federal power
more than any president had done before, even Roosevelt.
"Johnson believed that in the months after the assassination he needed to
link himself to the deceased president, who seemed to become more popular
after his death," says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. "And he used
that connection to build popular support for his bills. That is why
Johnson retained the services of many Cabinet officials from the Kennedy
In his first speech to a joint session of Congress on Nov. 27, 1963, five
days after the assassination, Johnson asked for support in completing
Kennedy's stalled agenda. He hailed Kennedy as "the greatest leader of our
time" and said, "Let us begin. Let us continue."
He didn't match FDR in his legislative success during his first 100 days
in 1963, but eventually he exceeded Roosevelt in the extent to which he
expanded federal power in society. He also won a massive landslide in his
1964 campaign, which LBJ felt vindicated his leadership.
In those first days in 1963, he succeeded in the all-important goal of
boosting the nation's confidence. "By contrast with Mr. Obama," wrote
historian Robert Dallek in the New York Times Jan. 23, 2009, "Johnson had
no mandate to govern except for being vice president. No one expected a
Southern politician to suddenly replace the youngest man ever elected to
the White House. . . . Johnson understood that his greatest initial
challenge was to provide reassurance???to convince not just Americans but
people around the world, who looked to the United States for leadership in
the cold war, that he could measure up to the standard JFK had set as an
effective president at home and abroad."
Johnson had been a consummate legislative deal maker before Kennedy chose
him to balance the ticket as his vice presidential running mate in 1960.
But Johnson, a longtime senator from Texas, was never a member of
Kennedy's inner circle. Many liberal Democrats were skeptical of him as a
Southerner and Washington operator when he succeeded Kennedy. But Johnson
"was able to turn the country's grief into a commitment to a moral
crusade," presidential scholar Jeffrey Tulis has written. It took him
longer than 100 days, but he set Congress on the path to passing the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, as well as a tax cut and Medicare. Actually, he sought
to pass more legislation, help more people, lift more Americans out of
poverty, and become more of a historic figure than FDR. And in some ways
he succeeded, under a program he called the Great Society.
"In many ways Johnson was inadequate to the demands of the modern
presidency, especially as a public educator," wrote political scientists
Sidney Milkis and Michael Nelson in "The American Presidency: Origins &
Development 1776-1998." "Unlike other twentieth-century presidents who
wanted to remake the nation, LBJ neglected, even scorned, the 'bully
pulpit.' Yet Johnson profoundly influenced the modern presidency in other
ways. He more than maintained the power and independence of the executive
office. Regrettably, his failings also brought into serious question???for
the first time since the 1930s???the widespread assumption that the
national interest is served whenever the president dominates the affairs
of state. The disillusionment with executive power that commenced late in
Johnson's tenure actually began to unravel some of the conditions that had
given rise to the modern presidency."
As the Vietnam War escalated, with soaring costs in lives and resources,
and as the nation's domestic divisions intensified over Johnson's
ambitious social programs, the president's popularity sank. He declined to
run for re-election in 1968 and left office a very unpopular man.
But in the beginning, he seemed to be a force of nature. In an interview
with three network television journalists March 15, 1964, Johnson assessed
his first 100 days. "The first priority," he said, "was to try to display
to the world that we could have continuity and transition, that the
program of President Kennedy would be carried on, that there was no need
for them to be disturbed and fearful that our constitutional system had
been endangered. To demonstrate to the people of this country that
although their leader had fallen, and we had a new president, that we must
have unity and we must close ranks, and we must work together for the good
of all America and the world."
Johnson accomplished those initial goals admirably well.
Kenneth T. Walsh, Contributor
Ken Walsh covers the White House and politics for U.S. News. He writes
the daily blog "Ken Wal... READ MORE ??
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