He lost. They didn’t elect him.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
In fact, he lost partially because of his efforts in behalf the nation. However, it hasn’t been widely recognized that the most impactful, beneficial, and long lasting effect of his decision, wasn’t the decision that he is known for, reviled for, and awarded for.
“All that is gold does not glitter”
“Then, what the hell is the presidency for!”
“I have the power, now, and I intend to use it.”
— Lyndon Baines Johnson
Politics is War.
HBO premiered the movie “All the Way” on May 21. It is great film where Four Temperaments are clearly shown in action.
“November 22, 1963: John F. Kennedy was dead in Dallas, killed by an assassin. Jacqueline Kennedy, her clothes still spattered with her husband’s blood, stood beside Vice-President Lyndon Baines Johnson as Johnson took the presidential oath of office. Camelot was suddenly and shockingly gone. In the passage of a few jolting hours, King Arthur had been replaced by the crude, graceless, but equally energetic Lyndon Johnson, a professional politician from Texas.” [Presidential Temperament]
It was really an impossible task for anybody. Especially for Jack.
Except for him.
There he was in the small room — secret service keeping him there, he, not knowing what was happening.
Jack had essentially had cut him off from power for three years.
Powerless. A Fox on a Leash.
The first Vice President, had described it as “the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.”
But then one of Kennedy’s aides, came to him in that small hospital room, and said with some solemnity — “Mr President..”