The President had been in Washington for only four days since the election, and nearly a month in the Texas sun shine had erased the marks of campaign fatigue. The relative isolation of the ranch protected him against Washing ton's nagging ceremonial duties, freed him to mull over foreign-policy issues and to chart the direction of the Great Society at home.
In a display of post-election charity, Johnson invited leading Democrats from Georgia, one of the few states he did not carry, to the ranch. Senator Her man Talmadge and Governor Carl Sanders each bagged an eight-point buck.
With the deer...