The Presidency: The Aim of Activity

In the art of person-to-person politicking, Lyndon Johnson has few peers. And he is certainly applying his skills to his presidency.

For example, the President invited 14 foreign correspondents to the White House for a snack, some drinks and conversation. The scene was the second-floor living room, generally considered to be part of the President's private quarters; flames crackled in the fireplace, cheese dips and hot hors d'oeuvres were served, and a small bar had been set up at one end of the room. After about an hour, the President conducted a tour that included his own bedroom, where mauve-brown...

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