The Presidency: Back to The Old Ways

THE PRESIDENCY Back to the Old Ways

Engrossed though he was with the economy, the President somehow managed to be in on just about everything else in Washington last week. Since his gall bladder operation six months ago, Lyndon Johnson has stayed more or less to himself in the White House, showing little of the freewheeling quality of his pre-operation days. Last week he seemed to break out and, for the first time in months, become truly himself again — that is to say, elementally energetic, maddeningly moody and utterly unpredictable.

Johnson set the tone for the week by dancing into the...