The Administration: Fundamental Rupture

In his 2½ years as Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, John Gardner has proved one of the ablest Cabinet officers in a generation. It was he more than any other man in the Administration who presided over the initial construction of Lyndon Johnson's Great Society. Last week, Gardner, 55, resigned, in a fundamental rupture with the President over the programs whose once-bright hope had lured him to Washington in the first place. For the President, his departure was perhaps the most damaging blow yet to the withering vision of profound, creative social change.

Gardner came into the Administration when the...

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