The Presidents 2016: LBJ
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President Lyndon B. Johnson's visions of a Great Society were swallowed up in the quagmire of Vietnam: the unpopular and costly war eroded his political base and left him an exile within his own White House.
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Part of the award-winning The Presidents collection.
President Johnson took on the economy by waging a "war on poverty."
In 1954, Lyndon Johnson became the youngest Majority Leader ever, at 46 years old.
Johnson was hesitant to take on the role of Vice President.
Lady Bird became the "perfect political wife" for LBJ.
Protests against the Vietnam War turned personal.
In 1964, American bombers in Vietnam demonstrated that LBJ was a committed anti-Communist.
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