Nation Building: Obama Echoes Lyndon Johnson's Great Society

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

In his speech to the nation last Wednesday, announcing troop withdrawals from Afghanistan, President Obama said we needed to refocus on nation-building here at home. This idea echoes the massive ambitions of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society in the 1960s. Johnson’s situation seems to somewhat mirror President Obama’s: Johnson brought us the Civil Rights Act, Medicare and Medicaid, but his broader ambitions were eventually sidelined by the fiscal necessity of Vietnam.

To examine this further, we speak with historian Robert Caro, the author of the multi-volume, Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "The Years of Lyndon Johnson." 


Robert Caro

Produced by:

Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

amalgam from NYC by day, NJ by night

Excellent and illuminating discussion and very germane to the even more complicated situation of today.

Well done!

Jun. 30 2011 09:40 AM

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