Nation: The Joy of Being Beloved

"I hope," said President Johnson in New Orleans, "if you do what you think is right, that somehow or other it is the same thing that I think is right. But if it is not, I won't question your patriotism. I won't question your Americanism. I won't question your ancestry. I may—quietly, in the sanctity of our bedroom—whisper to Lady Bird my own personal opinion about your judgment."

Lyndon does not just want to be elected in November. He does not merely want the biggest landslide in history. He wants to feel himself beloved by everybody. Last week, in the course...

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