The Presidency: Just Storing Up Energy?

Lyndon Johnson a retiring sort? Lyndon Johnson dodging publicity? Perish the thought. But there he was —ducking reporters, scurrying to secret hide aways and acting for all the world like some latter-day Greta Garbo.

Off to Texas for a long July 4 weekend, the President all but said, "I vant to be alone." The L.B.J. ranch was declared off limits to reporters, who played pinochle and poker in Austin, 65 miles away. Persistent prodding of Presidential Press Secretary George Reedy got them nowhere. At one point, Reedy snapped: "As to what he did...

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