Re-emerging into public view after weeks of hard-working seclusion, Lyndon Johnson seemed at once confident and uncommonly circumspect. He appeared determined not to shroud his movements in the usual, much-criticized secrecy, and he obviously tried to keep his utterances restrained but natural.
The President even alluded wryly to the furor over his rejection of Artist Peter Kurd's official presidential portrait last month. "The presidency," mused Johnson, "is a hazardous-duty job, and I have learned recently that danger can lurk in unsuspected places. Portrait unveilings, for example."
That aside came at the...