The Presidency: Salt Water & Sympathy

Lyndon Johnson of the Texas hills knows water's value and drought's pain. "In my country," he said as he signed the Water Resources Planning Act last week, "sometimes you can't get a glass of water even out of the rivers—much less out of the restaurants."

Passing out souvenir pens by the passel, Johnson explained that he had hastened to sign the bill "because we just cannot overemphasize and we cannot overdramatize and we cannot overreact to this nation's growing problem of water supply." He used the northeastern drought as an example of...

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