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By Michael A. Cohen

ISBN-10: 019977756X

ISBN-13: 9780199777563

"In his presidential inaugural handle of January 1965, Lyndon Johnson provided an uplifting imaginative and prescient for the US, one who might finish poverty and racial injustice. Elected in a landslide over the conservative Republican Barry Goldwater and reinforced by means of the so-called liberal consensus, financial prosperity, and a powerful wave of nostalgia for his martyred predecessor, John Kennedy, Johnson introduced the main ambitious Read more...

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Figure 19: After the lost month of September 1968, Humphrey’s Salt Lake City speech gave him a burst of momentum that almost took him to the Oval Office. Only weeks before Election Day he rallies Democratic partisans, October 1968. ■ american maelstrom ■ ■ american maelstrom ■ Figure 20: Nixon’s advisors viewed campaign rallies primarily as an opportunity to create visuals for their omnipresent television ads. Courtesy of the National Archives. ■ american maelstrom ■ Figure 21: Nixon adopts a classic Nixonian pose, signalling V for victory.

He “had a smile, a wave, a handshake or a kiss for everyone,” wrote the Washington Post. That night he would become the first president to dance at his own inaugural ball. His festive mood reflected the historic political and personal achievement that was his overwhelming victory in the 1964 presidential election. “Millions and millions of people, each marking my name on their ballot. Each wanted me as their president. 3 His win had been no ordinary triumph. The Democratic Party’s New Deal coalition of urban ethnics, farmers, blacks, and (some, though not all) white southerners united behind him—just as they had done for six of the eight previous presidential elections.

It also provided a political opening for Republicans, and left Democrats skittish. 10 Like at other points in the Johnson presidency, these signs of trouble were pushed to the side. In fact, at virtually the same moment that the reaction to Watts exposed the fragility of the liberal consensus, Johnson ramped up direct American involvement in Southeast Asia, with the announcement that he would be sending 125,000 combat troops to Vietnam. Johnson was playing with political fire both at home and abroad.

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