The Presidency: Lyndon B. Johnson's Presidency

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Lyndon B Johnson’s Presidency On November 22, 1963, Lyndon Baines Johnson is sworn in as President. It is a mere few hours after the former President Kennedy was assassinated. The man did not want to become President. President Kennedy always left him out in the dark on important events so when he was being sworn in he learned of several things happening around the world. He would use the JFK assassination as a helping hand to get bills passed through Congress. “Lyndon Baines Johnson was an asshole.” He scared people into giving him what he wanted by screaming and shouting at them. His presidency would be the last of the “Progressive Era” type. President LBJ inherited a nation that felt under attack from the USSR and mourning at the same …show more content…
The first objective he has was his “Great Society.” His plan for that was to continue FDR’s New Deal programs and expand them even more. Wanted to create a society that did not have troubles and looked at this to help win over the country. Another objective of his was civil rights. He formed an alliance with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it was in response to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Congress had no intention of passing this bill thanks to the filibustering of Strom Thurmond. He sat there and read the phone book. The filibustering lasted 57 days when Congress decided to make a compromise bill. This was a huge step agreement because the compromise bill passed quickly. Pathed the way slowly for full equality on job hiring and advancement in the working field. The word “Sex” was thrown in there too to help women across the country. Johnson also wanted to attack the poverty line and get people above it. By 1960, one-fourth of people in the America lived below the poverty line. It upset Johnson so that is why he wanted to help people out of …show more content…
That war had him so distracted from his presidential duties he did not know what to do. He and his advisors were aware of the amount of it would cost to win the war and it was unreasonable at the time. When Johnson said he would not seek reelection it was a signal to most that Vietnam had taken a lot of him. His health was also on the decline from the presidency. Because of Vietnam a lot of Johnson’s programs were stalled and then started to collapse. It started to look bad and people were losing their trust in the government. The Democratic Party was losing its own identity too. The party was shifting out of the south and its own policies were slowly changing. The south was still very segregated and the democrats were not happy about all the civil rights

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