The Presidency: Inauguration Week


Lyndon Johnson was poised for the biggest day of his life, his first pomp-and-ceremonial inauguration. The event would be all the more stirring because of the jarring contrast with his first inauguration 14 months before in the cramped and sweltering cabin of Air Force One, with the coffin-encased body of John Kennedy only a few yards away.

As part of the preparations, Johnson issued a new family portrait, and cots were moved into a few historic White House corners to bed down other incoming relatives. But even while carpenters hammered together...

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