Editorials: Appraising a President

"Fine words, fitting words, at times inspiring words," said the New York Herald Tribune. "As he stood before Congress and the nation he showed himself not a fluke of history, but a President." For a newspaper with Republican sympathies, these were words of high praise. And they mirrored sentiments that were widely held through out the U.S. press. Editorial reaction to Lyndon Johnson's speech before Congress last week made clear that most newspapers, whatever their political preference, looked with favor and hope on the new President of the U.S.

Press praise covered everything—from the style of Johnson's delivery...

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