The Presidency: A Modern Utopia

Contemplating the President's State of the Union message, Poet Carl Sandburg took the long view that his 87 years permit him. "I like his direction in general," said Sandburg. "He is no McKinley."

Everybody could agree on that. Depending on the point of view, Lyndon Johnson's distinctly non-McKinley vision gladdened or irritated the future inhabitants of his Great Society. Editorialists, naturally, were divided (see PRESS), and cartoonists had some fun with Johnson's boldness and prodigality. The most typical reaction seemed to be broad general approval—and a disposition to wait for specifics.

Remarkably, Johnson...

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