The Presidency: The Union & the War

Lyndon Johnson's third State of the Union address was, in effect, a holding action. He wanted to discuss the war in Viet Nam but, because of the still continuing peace offensive, not in too much detail. He had plans for many new projects at home, but he wanted to leave himself an out in the event the war escalates. So, in a sober, straightforward speech, he strongly expressed his belief that the U.S. has the strength to fight the war and simultaneously improve its society at home.

"We will not permit those who...

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