Lyndon Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ

Lyndon
Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ
1908
1973

American Politician, 36th President of the United States

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That?s what happens when you play football too long without a helmet. [referring to Gerald Ford]

The moon and other celestial bodies should be free for exploration and use by all countries. No country should be permitted to advance a claim of sovereignty.

They call upon us to supply American boys to do the job that Asian boys should do.

We Americans know ? although others appear to forget ? the risk of spreading conflict. We still seek no wider war. (On ordering retaliatory action against North Vietnam)

Organized crime constitutes nothing less than a guerilla war against society.

The American city should be a collection of communities where every member has a right to belong. It should be a place where every man feels safe on his streets and in the house of his friends.

The Negro says, "Now." Others say, "Never." The voice of responsible Americans says, "Together." There is no other way.

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.

We are not about to send American boys 9 or 10 thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves.

Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man.

The atomic bomb certainly is the most powerful of all weapons, but it is conclusively powerful and effective only in the hands of the nation which controls the sky.

The poor suffer twice at the rioter's hands. First, his destructive fury scars their neighborhood; second, the atmosphere of accommodation and consent is changed to one of hostility and resentment.

This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort.

We are now embarked on another venture to put the American dream to work in meeting the new demands of a new day. Once again we must start where men would improve their society have always known they must begin - with an educational system restudied, reinforced, and revitalized.

Our mission is at once the oldest and the most basic of this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man. Because all Americans just must have the right to vote. And we are going to give them that right. All Americans must have the privileges of citizenship regardless of race. And they are going to have those privileges of citizenship regardless of race.

The challenge now presented is more than a challenge to our Constitution--it is a blatant affront to the conscience of this generation of Americans. Discrimination based on race or color is reprehensible and intolerable to the great American majority. In every national forum, where they have chosen to test popular sentiment, defenders of discrimination have met resounding rejection. Americans now are not willing that the acid of the few shall be allowed to corrode the souls of the many.

The presidency has made every man who occupied it, no matter how small, bigger than he was; and no matter how big, not big enough for its demands.

This Congress did more to uplift education, more to attack disease in this country and around the world, and more to conquer poverty than any other session in all American history, and what more worthy achievements could any person want to have? For it was the Congress that was more true than any other Congress to Thomas Jefferson's belief that: 'The care of human life and happiness is the first and only legitimate objective of good Government.'

We are trying to build a great society that will make your children and your grandchildren and the people three or four generations from today proud of what we are doing.

Our most tragic error may have been our inability to establish a rapport and a confidence with the press and television with the communication media. I don't think the press has understood me.

The CIA is made up of boys whose families sent them to Princeton but wouldn't let them into the family brokerage business.

The purpose of the law is simple. It does not restrict the freedom of any American, so long as he respects the rights of others. It does not give special treatment to any citizen. It does say the only limit to a man's hope for happiness, and for the future of his children, shall be his own ability. It does say that there are those who are equal before God shall now also be equal in the polling booths, in the classrooms, in the factories, and in hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, and other places that provide service to the public.

This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it.

We cannot have government for all the people until we first make certain it is government of and by all the people.

Our numbers have increased in Vietnam because the aggression of others has increased in Vietnam. There is not, and there will not be, a mindless escalation.

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First Name
Lyndon
Last Name
Johnson, fully Lyndon Baines Johnson, aka LBJ
Birth Date
1908
Death Date
1973
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American Politician, 36th President of the United States