Lyndon Baines Johnson

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Lyndon Johnson led the country for five years (1963-1968) after President John Fitzgerald

Kennedy died of gunshot wounds on November 22, 1963. He formulated many policies and

carried out many others that Kennedy could not finish. He faced many foreign problems as well,

including the Vietnam War and the Cold War. How he dealt with foreign problems put him near

last if not last in foreign affairs, when compared to other presidents. Johnson always talked to

tourists and met reporters informally. He entertained many distinguished guests at his ranch in

Texas. Also, Lyndon and his wife Claudia (Lady Bird) Johnson held formal and informal dances at

the white house. His presidency left added a lot in the history books. If it were not for his

leadership and ideas, many parts of society today would not exist.(Peter Lisagor, 148-152)

'We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep personal

tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do

my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help and God's,' quoted Lyndon Johnson after the

assassination of friend, colleague, and leader President John Fitzgerald Kennedy at one-o'clock on

November 22, 1963(Peter Lisagor, 151). Johnson took on the large role as president aboard the

presidential Air Force jet at Love Field, Dallas exactly ninety-nine minutes after Kennedy died.

Coincidentally becoming the second vice president with the last name Johnson to succeed an

assassinated president and nearly one hundred years apart.(Hugh S. Sidey, 1-2 & Hans L.

Trefousse, 1-2)

Within a short time after he became president, Johnson announced a five hundred

million-dollar budget cut and urged a strong civil rights bill. Both of these were previously

proposed by Kennedy.