Rayburn, wangled him a coveted assignment to the Naval Affairs Committee, an unusual piece of luck for a junior Congressman, who would normally have to be content with a lackluster position on a minor committee.
Nixon I understand. Of the 69 million votes cast, the Democrats won by approximatelyvotes. Johnson found himself trapped in a remote, bloody and incredibly costly war that, it seemed, would never end.
The choice to the President seemed to be either a great infusion of American military power or defeat and withdrawal as the Vietcong and Communists gradually took over.
The Johnsons were riding in the third car of the motorcade. Johnson appeared to proceed with a steady hand. Millions of Americans, stunned and frightened by the violence at Dallas, found consolation in the fact that, whether they liked him or not, Lyndon Johnson, propelled by chance into the Presidency, was as well equipped by experience for his task as any man in history.
His mother was a Quakerand his father converted from Methodism to the Quaker faith. Johnson proudly signed into law the most sweeping civil rights bill since Reconstruction days.