The Administration: The Manner of Their Going

The graceful goodbye is not one of Lyndon Johnson's fortes. In the past three years, several dozen of his top aides and administrators—including such onetime prodigies and proteges as Bill Moyers and Jack Valenti, Robert McNamara and Gardner Ackley—have resigned or been reassigned. And often the manner of their going has left an aftertaste of malice and misunderstanding.

Last week the Texas White House announced that Budget Director Charles L. Schultze, 43, will return to academic life after finishing work on next year's administrative budget of an expected $145 to $150 billion....