Lyndon B. Johnson became the 36th President of the United States on November 22, 1963, after John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas by Lee Harvey Oswald. Johnson had served in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, rising to become the Senate Majority Leader before being elected as Kennedy's Vice-President. He signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. Johnson won re-election in 1964 by a landslide over Barry Goldwater. That same year, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave the President the right to use military force in Vietnam without a declaration of war. Johnson increased the commitment of U.S. military personnel from 16,000 advisors in non-combat roles in 1963 to 525,000 troops, including many in combat roles, by 1965. Growing anger over the war combined with widespread racial tension created an outbreak of violent protests across the country. In 1967, Michigan Governor George Romney (Mitt Romney's father) deployed the National Guard to Detroit in response to riots there, and President Johnson deployed regular Army troops to join them. Johnson expanded Medicare and Medicaid in his War on Poverty. But the violence over Vietnam and civil rights led him to decide not to run for re-election in 1968
4/28/2018 06:58:19 am
I can't imagine what it's like to be the most powerful and influential person in the world. What would it be like for their kids and wives if there's any. If their political enemies are already stressful, maybe it's way too stressful when people try to over extend their welcome and keep digging deep into your personal lives. It must be a stuff of horror stories. You become a public figure. I mean you get to experience the downside of being a public figure without enjoying the special treatment because nobody really cares about you. You are just the son.
4/29/2018 12:45:01 pm
Thanks for your comment. This is an older blog post in a series--how did you happen to choose it for your post?
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Author of Thy King Dumb Come and Accountability Citizenship, Stephen P. Tryon is a businessman and technologist with extensive experience in e-commerce, a retired Soldier, and former Senate Fellow.