HISTORICAL NOTES: L.B.J.: Naked to His Enemies

More than anything, Lyndon Baines Johnson wanted to be loved—by his family, his friends, his staff, the nation, everybody. He liked to envision himself as a benevolent dictator of the world, supplying every living soul with housing, clothing, a job and eternal peace. Fate could not have been more cruel, then, in denying him the love he craved, in making him so hated during the latter part of his presidency that he dared not venture outside the White House. In his bewilderment and despair, he ruefully asked: "How is it possible that...

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