President Lyndon Johnson's Legacy Ahead of Barack Obama's Second Inaugural

Friday, January 18, 2013

Lyndon Johnson being sworn in as president following the assassination of John F. Kennedy. (Cecil W. Stoughton/Wikimedia Commons)

As we think about the formality of the upcoming inauguration on Monday we remember a time in American history, back in the 1960s, when a momentous transfer of power occurred without any forethought, without ritual, and without inauguration at all.

The whimsical bubble gum 60s were interrupted in 1963 by a bullet. Young president John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, Texas and his much older successor vice president Lyndon Johnson, a Texan, took the oath of office a few hours later. A stark sudden transfer of power with no real script, few formalities, and the first such transition in the nuclear age.

During our recent trip to the Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, library director Mark Updegrove gave us a tour of the historical records and a new exhibit that highlights remarkable audio archives of President Johnson's time in office. His transfer of power is highlighted as well as the entire history of Lyndon Johnson's rise as a politician. LBJ, Updegrove says, had the perfect training for this moment of suddenly taking power in the midst of chaos.


Mark Updegrove

Produced by:

Jay Cowit, Jen Poyant and Mythili Rao

Comments [4]

oscar from ny

@ Robert Morrow,
Sir, it wasn't Linden Johnson acting alone but a super powerful group with a high ambition to surrender or occupy world affairs without anyone intervening, these small group of ppl make policy around the world but do not want to understand that the law of men was created only by God, these individuals have Satan as their patriarch father who induces them to perdition, their motto is as that of the young Y.O.L.O you only live once, so their thirst to achieve in this world is met with confusion thus opening the gates of hell to unleashed separation and hate.
We can only account for our actions, let us ask and work before our God so he can deliver us from ignorance, prejudices, lies that hurt not only us but the entire world, and you will see that we have an overwhelming power over these dead souls, let us learn from good so at the end of our lives we have not only enjoy in this life but the next one as well.

Jan. 21 2013 05:53 PM
oscar from ny

All men created equal?..i don't think so..anyways i hope Mr Obama realize that the founding father's made the 2nd amendment so we can guard ourselves from foreign or domestic ppl or governments who work backwards and to take our freedoms, wasn't it said that freedom is an everyday struggle, why should we conform with was is given..besides i pray for mental hygiene to be distributed nationality, so we won't stray from the right path

Jan. 21 2013 03:11 PM
Robert Morrow

Not to mention LBJ murdering JFK and LBJ ordering the attack on the USS Libety, murdering 34 American sailors, wounding 171.

Here are some good books relating to the role of Lyndon Johnson in the JFK assassination:

1) "LBJ: The Mastermind of the JFK Assassination" by Phillip Nelson
2) Watch "The Men Who Killed Kennedy - the Guilty Men - episode 9" at YouTube - best video ever on the JFK assassination; it expertly covers Lyndon Johnson's role.
3) “The Radical Right and the Murder of John F. Kennedy” by Harrison Livingstone
4) "Blood, Money & Power: How LBJ killed JFK" by Barr McClellan
5) "The Final Chapter on the Assassination of John F. Kennedy" by Craig Zirbel
6) "The Texas Connection" by Craig Zirbel
7) "Texas in the Morning" by Madeleine Duncan Brown
8) "Billie Sol Estes: A Texas Legend" by Billie Sol Estes
9) "Dallas Did It" by Madeleine Brown & Connie Kritzberg
10) "Operation Cyanide: Why the Bombing of the USS Liberty Nearly Caused World War III" by Peter Hounam (LBJ's role in the attack on the USS Liberty)
11) "Bloody Treason: The Assassination of John F. Kennedy” by Noel Twymann
12) "The Dark Side of Lyndon Johnson" by Joachim Joesten
13) "How Kennedy Was Killed - The Full Appalling Story" by Joachim Joesten
14) "The Dark Side of Camelot" by Seymour Hersh
15) "Power Beyond Reason: The Mental Collapse of Lyndon Johnson" by D. Jablow Hershman
16) "Lyndon B. Johnson: A Memoir" by George Reedy
17) "Remembering America" by Richard Goodwin, Chapter 21 "Descent"
18) "JFK and the World Oligarchy: When Enough is Never Enough" by Robert Burnside
19) "Coup d'Etat: from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush" by Robert Burnside
20) "JFK: Conspiracy of Silence" by Charles A. Crenshaw
21) “The Men on The Sixth Floor”by Glen Sample & Mark Collum
22) Watch “LBJ: A Closer Look” VHS 1998 by Lyle Sardie
23) "Bond of Secrecy: My Life with CIA Spy and Watergate Conspirator E. Howard Hunt" by Saint John Hunt
24) Google "LBJ-CIA Assassintion of JFK"

Jan. 20 2013 04:44 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D. from Bk

LBJ's legacy: the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington with the names of over 55,000 Americans and one million Vietnamese dead.

Jan. 18 2013 04:05 PM

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