The Presidency: Whatever You Say, Honey

In the first days of Christmas, Lyndon Johnson gave reporters: 60 souvenir ashtrays, 26 colorful relatives, four private chats, umpteen salty quotes, three guided tours, and an ensign now a jay gee.

The climax of it all came at a Christmas-day picture-taking session for two busloads of newsmen on the lawn in front of the white clapboard and stone L.B.J. ranch house in Johnson City, Texas. The President mustered more than a score of Baineses, Johnsons and other friends and kinfolk, lined them up and got them to look real pretty for the...

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