The Presidency: The Silent Treatment

Now and again, in a moment of exasperation, one of Lyndon Johnson's aides used to remark that the President was "more." No matter what he did, said the aide, the President would do it "more" than anybody else. When he was angry, everyone in the White House knew it. When he was charming, the birds would plummet from the trees. When he was rude or boorish, hardly anyone could be ruder or more boorish. And so, in recent weeks, after Johnson decided to be remote and aloof, it is not surprising that he...

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