The Johnson Treatment at Work

LBJ worked closely with civil rights leaders… despite attempts of late to portray him as a vile racist.  The Johnson treatment always started with a cause Johnson cared deeply about. More than Kennedy imagined, his successor pressed for equal rights- forcing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in less than 100 days.

Consulting with MLK in 1964

Consulting with MLK in 1964

 

Johnson always kept his house in order… Arguably the most powerful and effective Majority leader in the history of the US Senate, no one rallied the troops like LBJ.

Schooling the Jr. Senator from Massachucetts in 1957

Schooling the Jr. Senator from Massachusetts in 1957

 

Twisting arms was sport to Johnson… and he never shied away from confrontation.  His battles with conservative Southern Democrats were some of the nastiest in the political records- LBJ usually got his way….

Crushing civil rights opponent Richard Russell of Georgia.

Crushing civil rights opponent Richard Russell of Georgia.

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4 responses to “The Johnson Treatment at Work

  1. Great comments on LBJ. I think historically the general public has focused too negatively on his later administrative years after 1965 and the Vietnam War. Kennedy was best as a Cold War president and foreign policy president; LBJ was a domestic policy president. He was far from perfect, but you cannot deny his ability, as you stated, to muster the congressional troops. There is an old joke LBJ used against Kennedy, that Kennedy couldn’t get the Old Testament to pass through congress.

  2. Thanks. LBJ a deeply fascinating and complex figure.

  3. jkmhoffman2014

    Reblogged this on jkmhoffman.

  4. Somehow I lost your link, my apologies for not noticing sooner (Military Appreciation Month has been hectic). I’ve re-checked the follow button to correct this.

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