The Vice Presidency: L.B.J.'s Changed Role

Favor seekers still wait in the anteroom of Capitol Suite P-38. Secretary Mary Margaret Wiley still decorates a corner. In the cavernous inner office, known to many Capitol Hill denizens as the Throne Room, the lights on the telephone console still flicker on and off as Democratic Senate leaders call to report on the latest state of legislative affairs. Everything seems the same; yet nothing really is, for the past 13 months have seen a profound change in the life of Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

When Johnson was sworn in as Vice...

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