The Presidency: Tapioca & Sympathy

Arrayed in gold pajamas and a brown silk robe, the nation's most closely watched convalescent leaned back in a green reclining chair and made a rare admission. "Very frankly," said Lyndon Johnson, "this is a good time to get a little rest. I have been rather tired for some time."

The President showed it. Almost no official visitors were admitted to his third-floor suite at the Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., last week. Johnson limited his reading to essential reports such as the CIA's daily intelligence summary, rarely used the multi-button...

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