The Presidency: On His Mind


Introducing Interior Secretary Stewart Udall to 108 U.S. Olympic medal winners at a White House luncheon, President Johnson described him as a onetime "star guard on the baseball team" at the University of Arizona. An aide later issued a correction, said the President had really meant football. Actually, Udall was a basketball guard, and a good one.

If the President seemed preoccupied, it was because he had weightier matters on his mind, as he demonstrated in a pair of major speeches last week.

At Georgetown University's 175th memorial convocation, Johnson dealt...

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