The Presidency: Meanwhile, Down at The Ranch


While Republicans hogged the headlines, President Johnson spent a casual week in Washington, twice called in reporters for non-newsworthy news conferences ("I don't have anything for you, but I thought I'd visit with you again"), took a hand-in-hand stroll with Lady Bird, left at week's end for some real relaxation at the L.B.J. ranch in Texas.

There, with white-faced Herefords lying unconcernedly beside the driveway and peacocks strutting among the ancient liveoak trees, Johnson held a lawn-chair news conference. This time he had a few things to say. For the third...

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