The Presidency: The Union & the World

The difference between the two occasions was simple but inescapable. The last time Lyndon Johnson stood before a joint session of Congress, the shock and mourning over John Kennedy's assassination had not yet passed. Johnson's State of the Union speech a year ago, for all its high promise, was still a message from an interim President in an uncertain hour. This week Johnson was ready to report on a Union that he himself had guided during 13 remarkable months. He was now President in his own right, with an overwhelming victory at the polls behind him and an...

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