Nation: The Covenant

On the morning of Inauguration Day, a cold, clear, bright morning, Lyndon Johnson was up at 6:40, breakfasted with Lady Bird, and did some last-minute tinkering with his inaugural speech. Then the Johnsons drove to a special service at Washington's National City Christian Church. Clergymen of several denominations took part, among them Evangelist Billy Graham, who said:

"There is a spiritual dimension to leadership, which this Administration has already recognized." Recalling Lyndon Johnson's assumption of the presidency after John Kennedy's assassination, Graham quoted the prayer of King Solomon upon ascension to the throne of Israel after the death of his father.

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