Nation: Medium Cool at the White House

WHEN Lyndon Johnson's personal effects were trucked out of the White House, they contained at least 500,000 pictures of the President, his family and subordinates, taken by L.B.J.'s ubiquitous official photographer, Yoichi Okamoto, 54. Okamoto had served the President as a sort of benign paparazzo during the White House years, recording most of L.B.J.'s waking moments and some of his sleeping ones, too. The photographer was a familiar sight at every Cabinet meeting, every National Security Council meeting. Johnson wanted Okamoto with him constantly, taking pictures of L.B.J. with Congressmen, L.B.J. with Kosygin, L.B.J. with grandson Lyn, even L.B.J. getting out...

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