The Presidency: Colliding with Realities

Colliding with Realities

Lyndon Johnson could smell trouble coming a year away. Then he would tell one of his favorite yarns from the Texas hill country about the Army recruiter who went out to scare up some new boys during World War II. He found one big fellow, pronounced him physically fit and submitted him to the mental test.

Suppose he was standing beside the town's lone rail track and saw a train coming from the north at 80 m.p.h. and on the same track another train roaring toward him from the south at equal speed. What would he do? The recruit, said Johnson,...

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