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POTUS Dots on My Timeline: Johnson and Nixon

POTUS Dots from Eisenhower to Kennedy to ...

  • Will have to combine these next two POTUS Dots. Not a lot to extract by way of recollection for one of them.

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36th POTUS, Lyndon Johnson (1963 – 1969)

As Vice-President for John F. Kennedy, he had to step into the shoes of the slain President and pick up where he left off, continuing to move America forward. My memories of this administration are dominated by all the public protests against the Vietnam War , and by a lot of really good music during that time period containing song lyrics inspired by the various significant political issues of the day. Want to hear the songs of that generation just listen to the some of the background music for the movie Forrest Gump , which starred Tom Hanks.

Of course, my memories include the Civil Rights Movement . It's a perfect day to mention this important milestone in America's history because the date of this post - January 18, 2016 - is also being celebrated as MLK Day, the birthday of Martin Luther King, notable Civil Rights activist.

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37th POTUS, Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974)

The Watergate Scandal and Spiro WHO? Remember people saying that about the man Nixon chose to serve with him as Vice-President. Spiro T. Agnew. One would think that with a name like that a person would try to do something more memorable than avoid paying their income taxes. At any rate, Gerald Ford was chosen to take Agnew's place as VEEP and still people kept asking: WHO?? Seems nobody knew him either! (O.o)

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JohnRoberts wrote on January 18, 2016, 4:33 PM

I was in grade school for LBJ but was basically oblivious to world events at that age. Nixon is very much within memory as Vietnam raged and my age got closer and closer.

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DWDavisRSL wrote on January 18, 2016, 5:07 PM

Besides the Vietnam War for Profit waged by Johnson, I remember him best as the founder of the Great Society, a program which has led to the destruction of the family in this country's poor and minority communities. As for Richard Nixon, despite his paranoia which led to the Watergate scandal, I think he will also be remembered as the President who helped reopen communist China to the west.

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MegL wrote on January 18, 2016, 5:41 PM

Richard Nixon certainly got a lot of press coverage with Watergate. Is that Jacquie Kennedy standing beside Lyndon B? It looks very like her.

markgraham wrote on January 19, 2016, 3:09 PM

Johnson's time I was a toddler and Nixon a primary school student and I kind of remember news flashes on Watergate, but that could have been from high school history class.

cmoneyspinner wrote on January 22, 2016, 10:38 AM

That's a good eye you got there. I noticed the same thing. Jackie Kennedy is clearly visible in the photo and you can almost barely see Johnson's own wife standing next to him while he takes the oath. Mrs. Kennedy was still wearing the same outfit she was wearing when her husband got shot. It has Kennedy's blood on it. As soon as the president's death was confirmed, Johnson has to be sworn in.

MegL wrote on January 23, 2016, 5:13 PM

I was a teen when JF Kennedy was shot. Jacquie Kennedy was almost like royalty, in the news all the time.