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Lyndon B. Johnson

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36th president of america who took office in 1963 following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was among just a few politicians in American background to have offered office on your behalf, senator, vice chief executive, and chief executive. During his period at Southwest Tx State Educators’ University, he edited the school’s newspapers The College Celebrity and was greatly involved in argument and campus politics. He helped fight racial discrimination, especially by putting your signature on the Voting Privileges Take action, which prohibited racial discrimination in the voting procedure, a issue that existed mainly in the south. His more youthful sibling, Sam Houston Johnson, became well-known for obtaining drunk and spilling info to the press. Sam was ultimately put under Key Service monitoring. His presidency’s best impediment was the Vietnam Battle, and he famously announced, after Walter Cronkite condemned the battle around the CBS Evening Information, “If I’ve dropped Cronkite, I’ve dropped Middle America.”

Quick Facts


Full Name Lyndon B. Johnson
Date Of Birth August 27, 1908
Died January 22, 1973, Stonewall, Texas, United States
Place Of Birth Stonewall, TX
Height 1.92 m
Profession US President
Education Texas State University, Johnson City Senior High School
Nationality American
Spouse Lady Bird Johnson
Children Luci Baines Johnson, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb
Parents Rebekah Baines Johnson, Samuel Ealy Johnson Jr.
Siblings Sam Houston Johnson, Josefa Johnson, Lucia Johnson, Rebekah Johnson
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Silver Star, Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award
Movies The Fog of War, LBJ
TV Shows The Sixties
Star Sign Virgo

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#Fact
1One day after he died, a ceasefire in Vietnam was reached.
2Johnson was the only living former President when he died.
3One of his favorite songs was Simon & Garfunkel's ''Bridge over Troubled water''.
4His time in extremely poor schools in bad neighborhoods, both as a teacher and a student, is what inspired him to make Education a major priority in his political career.
5During his time as a member of the House of Representatives, he oversaw ''Operation Texas'', a covert mission which relocated hundreds of Jews from Europe and brought them to Texas.
6He went to a one-room school that only had one teacher. His graduating class (which he was president of) only had six people.
7It took him several hours to realize he was experiencing his first heart attack.
8Johnson and his wife marched in JFK's funeral procession despite being told not to by the Secret Service and the FBI, in fear of a second assassination. He was later paraphrased as saying he "could do, should do, would do, and did" march in the procession.
9His favorite actress was Laraine Day but she caused him great disappointment when he discovered she was a staunch Republican.
10The only U.S. President to attempt to end national poverty.
11Worked as a schoolteacher before entering politics.
12Was the last US president of the 20th Century to smoke cigarettes. Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford smoked pipes; Ronald Reagan and George Bush were nonsmokers; Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton smoked an occasional cigar.
13In his last will and testament, he left his portion of property jointly owned with his wife Lady Bird, an estate estimated to be worth $20 million in trust in equal shares to his two daughters.
14After he retired from the presidency, CBS-TV paid him $100,000 per television interview in a package deal which included the publication of his memoirs by a CBS subsidiary, Holt, Reinhart & Winston.
15At 6' 4", he is the tallest President of the United States, tying with Abraham Lincoln.
16Started smoking again after he left the White House in 1969, and put on weight. In April 1972 he suffered a third heart attack, but would not give up his old habits. "I'm an old man", he once explained, "so what's the difference? My body it just aging in its own way.".
17One of his final public appearances was the state funeral of Harry S. Truman, less than a month before his own death.
18Before he announced he would not run for reelection in 1968, his opponent, Richard Nixon declared his intention to seek the GOP nomination. Critics called a choice between Nixon and Johnson "a choice between obscenity and vulgarity!".
19A frequent anti-war chant was, "Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?"
20His 1964 presidential campaign slogans included: "All the way with LBJ", and "LBJ for the USA."
21His television ads ended with the slogan, "Vote for President Johnson on November 3. The stakes are too high for you to stay home."
22Was an admirer of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Therefore, it is believed he did not attend the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill in 1965 because Churchill had not attended Roosevelt's funeral twenty years earlier.
23A heavy smoker, Johnson had already suffered two major heart attacks before becoming President at the age of 55, the first in 1955 when he was 46.
24Robert F. Kennedy, the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy who was JFK's Attorney General and then a Senator from New York, harbored a strong dislike for Johnson, a feeling that was mutual.
25During his 1964 campaign, he portrayed his opponent Barry Goldwater as a warmonger who, if elected president, would start a nuclear war. He ran the infamous "Daisy" ad, which featured a girl counting daisy petals, followed by a countdown and a mushroom cloud. This attack ad was believed to have helped him defeat Goldwater in a landslide.
26Vice President of The United States (20 January 1961 - 22 November 1963).
27He was interred at the LBJ Ranch in Blanco County, Texas.
28He was the only President born and raised in Texas (both Presidents George Bush, the elder, and George W. Bush, the younger, were born in New England; Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Texas, but raised in Kansas).
29Pictured on a commemorative four-cent postage label issued by the (now defunct) Independent Postal System of America in 1973.
30Father-in-law of Chuck Robb (husband of daughter Lynda).
31Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College.
32Daughters: Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson.
33In 1964, Johnson won the Presidency with 61 percent of the vote and had one of the widest popular margin in American history--more than 15,000,000 votes. To date, no candidate, Democrat or Republican, has managed to best his 1964 electoral result (Richard Nixon, however, did come close and won 60.7% of the popular vote).
34Served in the U.S. Senate, 3 January 1949 - 3 January 1961. Had been simultaneously elected vice-president and reelected to the Senate in November 1960; resigned from the Senate to become vice president on 20 January 1961.
35In 1953, he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader.
36First member of Congress to enlist in the armed forces in World War II; served briefly in the Navy as a lieutenant commander, winning a Silver Star in the South Pacific.
37Served in the U.S. House of Representatives, 10 April 1937 - 3 January 1949.
38Thirty-sixth president of the United States of America, 22 November 1963
  • 20 January 1969.


Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Biography1995TV Series documentaryHimself
The View from the White House1968TV MovieHimself
This Week1968TV SeriesHimself
Panorama1963-1968TV Series documentaryHimself
Journey to the Pacific1968DocumentaryHimself
The Presidential Tour1966ShortHimself
Why Vietnam?1965DocumentaryHimself
A Day to Remember1965Documentary shortHimself
Opening Day at the 1964-1965 World's Fair1964TV MovieHimself
I've Got a Secret1964TV SeriesHimself
Faces of November1964Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
Robert Frost: A Lover's Quarrel with the World1963Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
CBS Reports1963TV Series documentaryHimself
At This Very Moment1962TV SpecialHimself (on tape)
An Answer1962Documentary shortHimself - U.S. Vice President (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Presidential Countdown1960TV Mini-SeriesHimself
World Wide '601960TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Purple Haze1982Himself (uncredited)
The Atomic Cafe1982DocumentaryHimself (as Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson)
The Killing of America1981DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Man Who Saw Tomorrow1981Himself - JFK's Inauguration (uncredited)
Karl Hess: Toward Liberty1980Documentary shortHimself (uncredited)
A Small Circle of Friends1980Himself (uncredited)
The Ten Thousand Day War1980TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The War at Home1979DocumentaryHimself - No Wider War Speech (uncredited)
Newsfront1978Himself (uncredited)
V.I.P.-Schaukel1977TV Series documentaryHimself
Brother Can You Spare a Dime1975DocumentaryHimself
Hearts and Minds1974DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Executive Action1973Himself - in Dallas with JFK (uncredited)
Lenny Bruce Without Tears1972DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Sexual Liberty Now1971Himself (uncredited)
I due Kennedy1970DocumentaryHimself
The Fall1969DocumentaryHimself
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieHimself
LBJ1968Short documentaryHimself
In the Year of the Pig1968DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Hold On: It's the Dave Clark Five1968TV MovieHimself - President United States Of America (as Lindon B. Johnson)
The Ed Sullivan Show1968TV SeriesHimself
NBC White Paper1966TV Series documentaryHimself - with JFK and Congressmen
Murder in Mississippi1965Himself (uncredited)
John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums1965DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Four Days in November1964DocumentaryHimself
A Regular Bouquet: Mississippi Summer1964Documentary shortHimself
Let Us Continue1963Documentary shortHimself
World in Action1963TV Series documentaryHimself
American Secrets2016Documentary post-productionHimself - U.S. President
Scales of Injustice2012Documentary post-productionHimself
Facing Berlinpre-productionHimself - Vice President of the United States
Rich Hall's Presidential Grudge Match2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
American Pastoral2016Himself (uncredited)
How to Win the US Presidency2016DocumentaryHimself
Race for the White House2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Conspiracy Theorists Lie2015DocumentaryHimself
Flat Earth Proof2015TV SeriesHimself
The Draft2015TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sinatra: All or Nothing at All2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
60 Minutes2001-2015TV Series documentaryHimself - President (segment "LBJ Tapes") / Himself - President (segment "Selma") / Himself - Former President
American Experience1991-2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Raising of America2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Bombs Away: LBJ, Goldwater and the 1964 Campaign That Changed It All2014TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown2014DocumentaryHimself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Himself (as President Lyndon B. Johnson) / Himself - President Lyndon B. Johnson / ...
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHimself
Spanish Lake2014DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself
Codes and Conspiracies2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Unwarranted Influence2014Documentary shortHimself
Freedom Summer2014DocumentaryHimself
Democracy Now!2014TV SeriesHimself
Secrets of the Dead2013TV Series documentaryHimself - President of USA
The Kennedy Half Century2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Dallas, une journée particulière2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Malaysia: Through the Decades2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Grave of the Zombie Antelope2013Himself
The March2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Moyers & Company2013TV SeriesHimself
America's Book of Secrets2013TV Series documentaryHimself
The Trials of Muhammad Ali2013DocumentaryHimself
Our Nixon2013DocumentaryHimself
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHimself
412012/IIDocumentaryHimself
Brothers on the Line2012DocumentaryHimself
10 Things You Don't Know About2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Elvis Found Alive2012Himself
The House I Live In2012DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
King Kennedy2011DocumentaryHimself
J. Edgar2011Himself (uncredited)
20/202011TV Series documentaryHimself
Scott Camil Will Not Die2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Lem: Secret Service Man2011DocumentaryHimself
The Lost Kennedy Home Movies2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Us Welcome, Us Go Home2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Looking for Lenny2011DocumentaryHimself - President of the USA
The Rachel Maddow Show2011TV SeriesHimself
Reagan2011DocumentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
California's Gold2010TV Series documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Detail2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
JFK: The Making of Modern Politics2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
Marijuana: A Chronic History2010TV MovieHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
CNBC Originals2010TV SeriesHimself - President
Hubert H Humphrey: The Art of the Possible2010TV Movie documentaryHimself - President of the United States (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
I Am2010/IIIDocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Phil Ochs: There But for Fortune2010DocumentaryHimself
The Special Relationship2010TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The Apollo Years2009VideoHimself
The Lost JFK Tapes: The Assassination2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bill Moyers' Journal2009TV Series documentaryHimself - President
Busting the Berlin Wall: Amazing Escape Stories2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Kennedy Assassination: 24 Hours After2009TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers2009DocumentaryHimself - President
Loose Change 9/11: An American Coup2009Video documentaryHimself - Vice President of the USA
Regreso a la Luna2009TV MovieHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions2008-2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Double Take2009DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
All Fired Up2009Documentary shortHimself
70's Fever2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The American Future: A History2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Horizon2008TV Series documentaryHimself
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Superpower2008DocumentaryHimself
Thank You, Mr. President: Helen Thomas at the White House2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Where Have All the Flowers Gone?2008DocumentaryHimself - President (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Salute2008DocumentaryHimself
King2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
A President to Remember2008DocumentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
682008TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Night James Brown Saved Boston2008TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Inside the Vietnam War2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Frame 313: The JFK Assassination Theories2008DocumentaryHimself
1968 with Tom Brokaw2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Secrets of the Moon Landings2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mad Men2007TV SeriesHimself
Hair, Let the Sun Shine In2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Oswald's Ghost2007DocumentaryHimself
Twentieth Century Battlefields2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Live Free or Die Hard2007Himself (uncredited)
Hippies2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Sputnik Fever2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death2007DocumentaryHimself
Undercover History2007TV SeriesHimself
Talk to Me2007Himself (uncredited)
In the Shadow of the Moon2007DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Chicago 102007DocumentaryHimself / American President
Tank on the Moon2007TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Unter falscher Flagge2007Video documentaryHimself
Revealed2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The U.S. vs. John Lennon2006DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The 60s: The Beatles Decade2006TV Series documentaryHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Full Metal Slacks2005Short
Movies That Shook the World2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Presidents2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Why We Fight2005DocumentaryHimself
JFK: Breaking the News2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Modern Marvels1997-2004TV Series documentaryHimself / Himself - President of the USA
Going Upriver: The Long War of John Kerry2004DocumentaryHimself
Graffiti 602004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Something the Lord Made2004TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Timewatch2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Forensic Files2004TV Series documentaryHimself
The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
LBJ vs. the Kennedys: Chasing Demons2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Days That Shook the World2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Men Who Killed Kennedy1991-2003TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
JFK: A Presidency Revealed2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Foxhole2003Short documentaryHimself
Save Our History2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara2003DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Pentagon Papers2003TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
P.O.V.2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Race: The Power of an Illusion2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Real Nam: Voices from Within2002Video documentary shortHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Sendung ohne Namen2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Trials of Henry Kissinger2002DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and the Colonel2002Video documentaryHimself
The 74th Annual Academy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
We Were Soldiers2002Himself (uncredited)
Air Force One2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
War Stories with Oliver North2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis2001Video documentaryHimself
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon2001Video documentaryHimself
Revisiting 'Fail-Safe'2000Video documentary shortHimself
Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis2000TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Hendrix2000TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Steal This Movie2000Himself (declines renomination) (uncredited)
The American President2000TV Series documentaryLyndon B. Johnson
Fists of Freedom: The Story of the '68 Summer Games1999DocumentaryHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself
The Secret KGB JFK Assassination Files1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Ku Klux Klan: A Secret History1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War1998TV Series documentaryHimself
A Bright Shining Lie1998TV MovieHimself - Sends Troops to Vietnam (uncredited)
From the Earth to the Moon1998TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Cold War1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Secrets of the CIA1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
The Speeches of Malcolm X1997Video documentaryHimself - Signs Voting Rights Act, 1965
Cronkite Remembers1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The X-Files1997TV SeriesHimself
George Wallace1997TV MovieHimself - Calls Alabama National Guard (uncredited)
Unknown Images: The Vietnam War1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself, President of the United States (1997)
The House of Yes1997Himself (uncredited)
The Wall1997TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Struggles in Steel: The Fight for Equal Opportunity1996DocumentaryHimself
Bob Hope: Laughing with the Presidents1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Apollo 111996TV MovieHimself - President of the United States of America (uncredited)
Biography1994-1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Assassinations That Changed the World1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Speeches of Robert F. Kennedy1995VideoHimself - Stands with Ethel Near Hearse
Nixon1995Himself - in First Speech as President / Attending JFK Funeral / Declining Renomination (uncredited)
Moon Shot1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Forrest Gump1994Himself (uncredited)
CNN Presents: One Paycheck from Poverty1994TV MovieHimself - President
One on One: Classic Television Interviews1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy1992DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Portraits of Presidents: Presidents of a World Power (1901-)1992Video documentaryHimself
Stalking the President: A History of American Assassins1992DocumentaryHimself - First Speech as President, Handshake with Martin Luther King
Love Field1992Himself - First Speech as President (uncredited)
Citizen Cohn1992TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes1992DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
The JFK Conspiracy1992TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Lyndon B. Johnson)
Pandora's Box1992TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
JFK1991Himself (uncredited)
Making Sense of the Sixties1991TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Best Evidence: The Research Video1990Video documentary shortHimself - at Inauguration of JFK (uncredited)
Marilyn: Something's Got to Give1990TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Speeches Collection: John F. Kennedy1990Video documentaryHimself - 1960 Convention
Berkeley in the Sixties1990DocumentaryHimself
Adam Clayton Powell1989DocumentaryHimself
We Shall Overcome1989DocumentaryHimself (Civil Rights speech) (uncredited)
11-22-63: The Day the Nation Cried1989TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
For All Mankind1989DocumentaryHimself (behind JFK) (uncredited)
The Moon Above, the Earth Below1989TV Movie documentaryHimself - Apollo 11 Launch Spectator
Reasonable Doubt: The Single-Bullet Theory and the Assassination of John F. Kennedy1988DocumentaryHimself - Vice President of the United States of America (uncredited)
The 1960's: Music, Memories & Milestones1988Video documentaryHimself (proclaims day of mourning for JFK)
Inside the CIA1987Documentary
Vietnam: The War That Divided America1987Video documentaryHimself
The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Eyes on the Prize1987TV Series documentaryHimself - U.S. President
In Search of the Constitution1987TV Series documentaryHimself
Sword of Honour1986TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Rock 'n' Roll Years1985-1986TV SeriesHimself
Backstage at the Whitehouse1985Video documentary shortHimself
A Good Turn Daily1983ShortHimself (uncredited)
The Right Stuff1983Himself - Standing Behind JFK (uncredited)
Vietnam: A Television History1983TV Series documentaryHimself

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#Quote
1There is no Negro problem. There is no Southern problem. There is only an American problem.
2We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away to do what Asian boys ought to be dong for themselves.
3The difference between being a member of the Senate and a member of the House is the difference between chicken salad and chicken shit.
4Presidents are lonely people, and the only ones they are really sure of all the time are their womenfolk. President Nixon and I have something else in common. We can always depend on our womenfolk. Just as Mrs. Johnson has been by my side every step of the way, so has Mrs. Nixon.
5Nixon has come along and everything I've worked for is ruined. I can just see him waking up in the morning, making that victory sign of his and deciding which program to kill. It's a terrible thing for me to sit by and watch someone else starve my 'Great Society' to death. Now her bones are beginning to stick out and her wrinkles are beginning to show. Soon she'll be so ugly that the American people will refuse to look at her; they'll stick her in a closet to hide her away and there she'll die. And when she dies, I, too, will die.
6[on Walter Cronkite who declared the Vietnam War was 'unwinnable'] I've just lost Middle America.
7[to aide Doris Kearns Goodwin] You know the great thing about Truman is that once he makes up his mind about something - anything, including the A-bomb - he never looks back and asks 'Should I have done it? Oh! Should I have done it?' No, he just knows he made up his mind as best he could and that's that. There's no going back. I wish I had some of that quality.
8[inviting Harry Truman to stay at he White House] I'll just send a plane for you and pick you up. You don't have to make any presentation. Don't have to raise any hell. We'll just go in there and have a drink or two together and then we'll go to church. I don't want to tax you. But I always wanted you to know I need your counsel, and I love you.
9[to Eisenhower] I'm not going to drag you in to get any chestnuts out of the fire, unless I get my tail caught in a crack internationally. And when I do, I'm going to come running.
10[on the Vietman War] If I left the woman I really loved - 'The Great Society' - in order to get involved with that bitch of a war on the other side of the world, then I would lose everything at home. All my programs. All my hopes to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. But if I let the Communists take over South Vietnam, then I would be seen as an appeaser.
11It's hard to be a hero without a war. Heroes need battles and bombs and bullets in order to be heroic. That's why I am suspicious of the military.
12[on his fear of allowing Vietnam to fall into the hands of the Communists] Every night when I fell asleep I would see myself tied to the ground in the middle of a long, open space. In the distance I could hear the voices of thousands of people. They were all shouting at me and running toward me. 'Coward! Traitor! weakling!' They began throwing stones.
13[to Harry Truman, regarding 'The Presidents Club'] I just want you to know that as long as I'm in office you are in it, and there's not a privilege of it, or a power of it, or a purpose of it that you can't share. And your bedroom is up there waiting for you, and your plane is standing by your side.
14I want people around me who would kiss my ass on a hot summer's day and say it smells like roses.
15[on assuming the Presidency, November 22, 1963] I took the oath. I became president. But for millions of Americans I was still illegitimate - a pretender to the throne, an illegal usurper. And then there were the bigots and the dividers and the Eastern intellectuals who were waiting to knock me down before I could even begin to stand up. The whole thing was almost unbearable.
16Nixon can be beaten. He's like a Spanish horse who runs faster than anyone for the first nine lengths and then turns around and runs backwards. You'll see. He'll do something wrong in the end. He always does.
17[to his biographer, Doris Kearns Goodwin] I will not let you take me backward in time to Vietnam. Fifty thousand American boys are dead. Nothing we can say will change that fact. Your idea that I could have chosen otherwise rests upon complete ignorance. For if I had chosen otherwise, I would have been responsible for starting World War III.
18We preach the virtues of democracy abroad. We must practice its duties here at home. Voting is the first duty of democracy.
19[on J. Edgar Hoover, as quoted in the New York Times / 31 October 1971] It's probably better to have him inside the tent pissing out, than outside the tent pissing in.
20"I may not know much, but I know chicken shit from chicken salad.... [Richard Nixon]'s like a Spanish horse, who runs faster than anyone for the first nine lengths, and then turns around and runs backwards. You'll see; he'll do something wrong in the end. He always does.
21[Gerald Ford] is so dumb he can't walk and chew gum at the same time.... He's a nice fellow, but he spent too much time playing football without a helmet.
22If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read 'President Can't Swim'.
23[in 1964, paraphrasing his presidential opponent Barry Goldwater] Extremism in the pursuit of the presidency is an unpardonable vice. Moderation in the affairs of the nation is the highest virtue.
24[March 31, 1968, announcing his decision not to seek re-election] I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president.
25[About President John F. Kennedy's assassination] "We heard some sounds. Some thought it was a firecracker, some thought it was a gun, but the next thing I knew we were on our way to the hospital. The president was wounded. The greatest shock that I can recall was one of the men saying 'He's gone'. It was suggested that we go the the planes as quickly as we could and that we get to Washington as quickly as we could. We had decided that we would wait until Mrs. Kennedy and President Kennedy's body were onboard. We were there 15 minutes before I took the oath"
26I felt I was a trustee to carry on after he [assassinated President John F. Kennedy] had been taken from us. After I finished the execution of his dream, I had some of my own.
27I accepted the second spot because I'm a gambling man. I did my research and one in four dies in office.

#Trademark
1His Height
2Known for speaking in clear certain terms with use of southern metaphors and casual swearing
3Outspoken intimidating personality
4Texas Accent

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