The Presidency: And Crown Thy Good . . .


This was no humble Harry Truman, nervously starting his speech to the Congress before he had been introduced by the Speaker ("Wait a minute, Harry," interrupted Sam Rayburn on that April morning in 1945). Neither was it a young, buoyantly hopeful Jack Kennedy, though many of the familiar chiastic constructions had been put into the address by Kennedy Speechwriter Ted Sorensen. This was Lyndon B. John son of Texas, appearing for the first time as Chief Executive before Congress and, even while stressing the theme of continuity in U.S. Government,...

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