Swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as President. [LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton #1a-1-wh63]

Swearing in of Lyndon B. Johnson as President. [LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton #1a-1-wh63]

Where Kennedy dreamed, Johnson achieved

Nov 25, 2013

by Chip Rolley
[posted on abc.net.au on 11/24/2013]

On any measure bar retrospective acclaim, Lyndon B Johnson was a far superior domestic president than his predecessor, ushering in the civil rights and welfare reforms that have since been taken for granted, writes Chip Rolley.

So you think you've seen and heard enough now about the 50th anniversary of the death of John F Kennedy? Enough of the Texas School Book Depository, the "fateful day", the "city of hate", and the only place on earth where a rise in a road embankment is referred to as a grassy knoll?

Sorry, but there is a little unfinished business.

Last Friday was not just the 50th anniversary of the assassination of JFK. It was also the 50th anniversary of the swearing in of Lyndon B Johnson. This is always overlooked and, as result, so is the extraordinary domestic legacy of America's 36th President. read more