The Presidency: Deep Background

THE PRESIDENCY

On two nights last week, President Johnson played host to small groups of newsmen, gave them "deep background" briefings* into his plans and aspirations for his first full term in office.

Limited Mandate. Despite his over whelming election victory, Johnson has no grandiose ideas about the extent of his mandate. He considers it a limited one, directing him to steer a middle-road course. He sees his role as that of a catalyst through which a national consensus may develop. Toward that end he will continue to urge such diverse elements in the nation as business and labor, liberals and conservatives,...