Democrats: Lyndon the First

During the swearing-in ceremonies in the Senate, Lyndon Baines Johnson, as the duly elected Senator from Texas, went through the formality of taking the oath of office. Moments later, as the duly elected Vice President of the U.S., he listened as the clerk read his resignation from the Senate. Johnson made a hand-washing gesture, watched patronizingly while an appointed Senator, Millionaire William Blakley, was sworn in his stead, shortly walked out of the chamber to revert (but not for long) to the title of mister.

As the door to the lobby swung behind L.B.J., his successor, Majority Leader Mike Mansfield,...

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