Essay on President Lyndon B. Johnson

1241 Words Aug 7th, 2014 5 Pages
“No decade in the twentieth century painted a more distinct and powerful image of America than the 1960’s” (Brinkley, 720). At the beginning of this decade, President John F. Kennedy took office as a young and strong liberal leader. He had countless dreams and ideas of what he wanted to accomplish during his term. Those ideas included federal aid for education, tax cuts to stimulate the economy, civil rights acts, government regulated medical care, and the creation of the Peace Corps. He soon faced congressional resistance and many of these new ideas failed which caused him to back off. His overarching goal was to spread reform in rural and urban areas, and he named this reform the “New Frontier” (“Domestic”). Kennedy’s presidential career was tragically ended by an assassination in 1963, which caused Vice-president Lyndon B. Johnson to be sworn in as president. There were several similarities and differences between these two politicians, including their approaches to congress, their personalities, and their success rates. Perhaps the greatest difference between these two presidents was their images and personalities. “More than any other president of the century. . . Kennedy made his own personality an integral part of his presidency and a central focus of national attention” (Brinkley, 696). Kennedy wanted to create an image of a strong, intelligent, and vibrant leader, and he tried to use that image to help push reform through congress; however he was largely…

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