The Presidency: The World The Beautiful


As the legislation he had sought rolled in a steady stream from Capitol Hill last week, an ebullient Lyndon Johnson invited just about everyone in Washington to "come on down to the signin'." In all, he signed five new bills and dispensed no less than 600 souvenir pens worth $1.80 each. At one ceremony a sweating aide lugged the pens around in a market basket. For the throngs of Congressmen, Governors, mayors, foreign ambassadors and civil servants who turned out for the various ceremonies, the President also had a thesaurus of superlatives for each new law and ever...

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