The Presidency: Ezra's Way

The White House was in near bedlam last week as staffers struggled against time to complete arrangements for the President's Far Eastern swing. If for no other reason, it was an ideal time for Lyndon Johnson to hit the campaign trail, and so he did — with a bang. Displaying all the old evangelistic fervor of his 1964 campaign, the President made a fast-paced overnight foray into Maryland, New York and Delaware, at week's end prepared for a brief, last-minute appearance in Pennsylvania.

Through it all, he was fiercely partisan, unashamedly folksy —...

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