The Presidency: A Long Way from Spring


At the height of the Communists' savage Viet Nam offensive, Lyndon Johnson's low-key performance was a cool effort to mask one of the most trying weeks of a crisis-ridden presidency. Amid all the tumult around him, Johnson still found time to chat amiably with West Berlin Mayor Klaus Schütze, make yet another plea for a 10% income tax surcharge, and present the Heart of the Year Award to Actress Patricia Neal, who suffered three near-fatal strokes three years ago.

After news of the enemy attacks reached Washington, Johnson kept constant alert, pouncing on more than 25 reports that...

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