The Presidency: Lying Low

When Lyndon Johnson returned to Washington last week, it was with none of the accustomed fanfare. After 17 days on the L.B.J. ranch, the President flew back to the capital at an hour guaranteed to assure him minimal exposure—just before midnight at the end of the New Year's weekend. During the week, he made only one public appearance and almost no announcements. He did not even attend the funeral of former Secretary of State Christian Herter, an old friend, though it was held in St. John's Episcopal Church, just across Lafayette Square...

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