Democrats: L.B.J, All the Way

From the gavel's first thump to the last hurrah, the convention was the production of Lyndon Baines Johnson.

He picked the stage settings, including two 40-ft.-high portraits of himself. He selected his own words, "Let us continue . . ." as the convention's motto. He chose Hello, Dolly! sung to the words "Hello, Lyndon!" as the convention's theme song. He dictated the schedule and rejiggered it whenever he felt like it. He directed all the performers, worked to sustain suspense over his choice of a running mate, added excitement with his own Atlantic...

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