The Presidency: Penny Saved, Dollars Earned


Off on a three-day tour of politicking and party fund raising in the Mid west, President Johnson landed at Detroit's Metropolitan Airport in a ten-passenger Air Force JetStar. Where was Air Force One, the giant, four-jet Boeing liner the President usually rides? Well, explained an aide, on purely political trips like this one the Air Force bills the Democratic National Commit tee for presidential transportation. The tab for Air Force One is $2,350 an hour, for the JetStar only $522.

In fact, what the cost-conscious Lyndon Johnson saved was a drop in the...

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