The Presidency: Hurting Good

Holding court on the hospital golf course at Bethesda, Md., Lyndon Johnson allowed that he was gaining "a little more strength" each day. "But," he added, "I don't want to leave the impression that I feel the way I did when I came in." Then, by way of illustration, the President pulled up his blue knit sports shirt and let the whole world inspect the ugly twelve-inch seam in the flesh under his right rib cage where doctors had removed his gall bladder and a kidney stone.

"We had two operations for the price...

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