Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of our last courageous presidents.

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There have been quite a few in my lifetime: FDR, who ran a world war from a wheel chair and Harry S Truman, who ended the war with a bang. Eisenhower came back from the war and warned of the military-industrial that empowered him. JFK faced down the USSR in Cuba.

That’s not all of the courageous ones by a long shot, but, that brings us to LBJ. In discussing the wily old head of the FBI, J. Edgar Hoover, a man who had all of the Washington elite in fear – LBJ said “I’d rather have him inside the tent pissing out than outside the tent pissing in.”

That was old LBJ’s way of negotiating (not shared by later POTUSs and certainly not by BHO) and that’s why I’ve always found it more comforting (pardon the expression) to be “outside the tent.” You don’t get first dibs on the burgers, but nobody’s holding your feet to the fire. 

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About danielbotnick

Ancient sage – arch conservative – trifle daft – old retailer – old designer – old social activist. Seen lots, done lots; happy to offer the fruits of my blissfully ignorant experiences.
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