The Presidency: Tangible Tokens

THE PRESIDENCY

Lyndon Johnson began his week by rolling out the red carpet for an Afghan Prime Minister and ended it by throwing a rollicking Texas-style barbecue for 29 Latin American diplomats.

The visitor from Afghanistan was Prime Minister Mohammed Hashim Maiwandwal, whose mission, though officially unofficial, rated full-dress treatment from Johnson. Afghanistan, after all, shares borders with Russia as well as Red China—not to mention Pakistan, India and Iran. There were bands, honor guards, a 19-gun salute, and a sit-down lunch for 140 in the Yellow Oval Room with green turtle soup, Florida red snapper and vanilla Jalalabad, named...

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