Nation: L.B.J. II--Marriage of Memos

Lyndon Johnson's account also revealed a relationship between husband and wife that perhaps few marriages can achieve or would require. At some level of living and begetting, presumably, they spoke in whispers. But at some other level—the children at boarding school, the investments divided—they exchanged memos. Fond memos. tender memos—but still memos—not dashed off, but surely edited. Putting the ultimate strain on public credulity, L.B.J. said that in May 1964 he had painfully committed to paper what he had told some close friends: "The times require leadership and a voice. I have learned after trying very hard that I am not...

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