On November 22, 1963, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, hurtling native Texan Lyndon Johnson into the Oval Office as President of the United States. During his time as president, LBJ sought to enact some of the greatest changes in civil rights and social welfare in U.S. history. However, his efforts to create a Great Society with the highest standard of living in the world soon came at odds with the Vietnam War. His presidency would prove a give-and-take between civil legislation and a war he had inherited and would not end.
TRAGEDY & TRANSITION
Aboard Air Force One on the tarmac of Dallas Love Field airport, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as president after the sudden assassination of John F. Kennedy. Immediately after taking the oath, he returned to Washington, assuring the country that its government would remain stable while investigating this act of terrorism.
WHAT IS OUR LEGACY?
"If future generations are to remember us more with gratitude than sorrow, we must achieve more than just the miracles of technology. We must also leave them a glimpse of the world as it was created, not just as it looked when we got through with it."
– Lyndon B. Johnson
THINK ABOUT THIS:
THE JOHNSON TREATMENT
THE FIRST LADY
Clara Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson was an integral part of LBJ’s political campaigns and presidency. An environmental advocate, Lady Bird is best known for leading the efforts to secure the passage of the Highway Beautification Act of 1965.