The Presidency: Protecting the Flank


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For two weeks the great silver-and-blue jet had chased the sun. Then, carrying Lyndon Johnson on the last leg of his Asian odyssey, Air Force One changed course. Soaring over the slender, gilded spires of Bangkok's temples, it wheeled south for a brief stopover in Kuala Lumpur, was subsequently scheduled to head northeast for Seoul, the last Asian capital on the President's itinerary. Behind lay the summit conference in Manila and Johnson's his toric visit to South Viet Nam, the first trip ever made by a U.S. President to a foreign battlefield save for Franklin...

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