Monday, June 15, 2015

The wisdom of Lyndon Baines Johnson

If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read 'President Can't Swim.'

Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973)
36th President of the United States

Lyndon Baines Johnson was a man of many faces and many talents and….otherwise….

I’m no particular fan of LBJ, but I’m very sure it hurt him deeply when anti-Vietnam War protestors chanted “Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?”

The 36th president of the United States was a confident and determined practitioner of realpolitik. He could mock the injustice of “President Can’t Swim” even as he understood the comic, insane reality of the zinger.

I think the willing leader of the “War on Poverty” believed that political zingers are not the essence of our polity.

Nevertheless, they seem to be the essence of our politics.

Copyright © Richard Carl Subber 2015 All rights reserved.

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