The Presidency: A Different Kind of Cuttin'


The doctor's orders had been quite specific: no driving for three weeks after the operation. And the patient was plainly suffering physical discomfort. During services at the First Christian Church in Johnson City last week, Lyndon Johnson squirmed and squinched around the pew during the sermon, nervously clipped his nails while the choir sang Living for Jesus, even fidgeted during the preacher's prayer for "the rapid recovery of Thy servant, our President."

After church, Lyndon dutifully let Lady Bird chauffeur him away in their beige Lincoln Continental. When she stopped to inspect...

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