The Presidency: Intuition's Reward

THE PRESIDENCY

"Get back!" the President shouted to Secret Service men restraining the multitude of Mexicans. "Get off that side of the car!" The crowd surged forward, and once again Lyndon Johnson was in his true element, in high gear and high spirits, greeting and meeting the crowds in Mexico City on his first visit to a foreign capital in the 29 months since he became Chief Executive.*

His visit was quick, intuitively right and rewarding. The decision to go south of the border was made during a restless week at the L.B.J. ranch, where Johnson, fretful over the uncertainties of Viet Nam,...