The Presidency: This Old House . . .

We must give to all Americans, those on the farms and those in the cities, a chance to drink from the cup of plenty. I just came from visiting a home that has used the food stamp plan, that lives off an old-age pension that tries to feed a grandmother, seven children, a mother and father—a family of ten—off nine acres of tobacco and ten acres of cotton on an advance of $20 a week with a charge of 10% interest.

—President Johnson in Rocky Mount, N.C., May 7, 1964

The President, once a poor boy himself, really feels deeply...

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