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Thoughts On President Johnson…

I love history, but quite honestly, I don’t know a lot about President Lyndon Johnson’s Presidency.  I consider this slightly odd, since I was born during the last year of his Presidency.  I should know something.  Suffice it to say, that I know more about Nixon’s Presidency (plus, I can remember his Presidency) than Johnson’s.  What I do know about President Johnson, I learned from The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro.

Anyway, I came across an article from 1973 in The Atlantic called “The Last Days of the President“.  It’s a fascinating look at a man.  I highly recommend it.

Here’s a part I found most fascinating.  Lyndon Johnson “never doubted that he could have won the 1968 election against Richard Nixon…”  In 1971, he told Leo Janos (the author of the article),  “My daddy was only sixty-two when he died, and I figured that with my history of heart trouble I’d never live through another four years. The American people had enough of Presidents dying in office.”

According to the article,  President Johnson had an actuarial study completed on his life, which predicted that he would die at age 64, which he did on January 22, 1973.  Making an assumption that he might have gone earlier, Hubert Humphrey would have been the next President.  It is, also, quite possible, that Humphrey would have beaten Nixon, if he ran again in 1972.  It is quite possible that Nixon would never have run again and there wouldn’t have been a Nixon Presidency.

Think about that – No Nixon Presidency means no Watergate, no open door to China, no Presidential visit to China, no resignation, and no Ford Presidency.  I wonder if that would have ushered in a Ronald Reagan Presidency before the 1980s?

I think the main thing would be no Watergate.  Watergate opened the flood gates of government distrust that has exploded into this massive hatred and distrust of our own leaders.  I wonder why it would be like to trust your government?  Would that mean we wouldn’t have Bundy in Oregon pointing rifles at Federal Agents?  Would there have been a Waco?  A 9/11?

What would have changed if President Johnson had decided to run again and won?

I don’t have the answer to that question, but it is fascinating to think about.

The next item on the list was how Johnson knew what was the score.  In the article, he is quoted as saying, “The first thing Democrats do when they take power is find where the control levers are. But the first thing Republicans do is investigate Democrats. I don’t know why they do it but you can count on it.”  It appears that some things haven’t changed at all.

It just goes to show how the past can be seen in the future and present.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.


Daily Trivia – 02/13/2011

Yesterday’s answer:

William McKinley

Today’s Question:

Let’s leave the Presidential Trivia behind and move on…

With whom did Mahatma Gandhi consult with for advice on diet and exercise?

Daily Trivia – 02/12/2011

Yesterday’s answer:

42.  Gerald Ford was never ELECTED president and Grover Cleveland was elected two nonconsecutive terms. This makes a total of 44 Presidents, but only 42 different men ELECTED President.

Today’s Question:

Which President was the FIRST to ride in an Automobile?

Daily Trivia – 02/11/2011

Yesterday’s answer:

Franklin D. Roosevelt was related to eleven other presidents: George Washington, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Ulysses S. Grant, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin Harrison, James Madison, Theodore Roosevelt, William Taft, Zachary Taylor and Martin Van Buren.

Today’s Question:

How many different men have been elected President?  Think about this before answering.  It is a trick question…

Daily Trivia – 02/10/2011

Yesterday’s answer:

Ronald Reagan was our oldest elected President.  Gerald Ford lived the longest once out of office.

Today’s Question:

Which President is related to 11 other Presidents either by blood or marriage?

Daily Trivia 02/09/2011

Yesterday’s Answer:

James Buchanan was the only bachelor president.

Today’s Question:

A two parter:

Who was our oldest elected President and which President lived the longest after leaving office?  (Hint:  They’re not the same guy).

Daily Trivia – 02/08/2011

Yesterday’s question:

How many Presidents died of natural causes while in office?

Answer:  4

  1. William Henry Harrison
  2. Zachary Taylor
  3. Warren G. Harding
  4. Franklin D. Roosevelt

Today’s Question:

Who was the only bachelor president?

Daily Trivia 02/06/2011

I’m kicking off a daily trivia today.  I know today is Super Bowl Sunday, but I thought I’d stick to  non-football related trivia for my non-football fans:

Name the only 20th Century President elected to and served two terms that had his vice president elected to President.

Answer will be tomorrow…

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