Tag Archives: Lyndon Johnson

How the public, bad process and a disengaged president killed Trumpcare

Trumpcare seems to be dead, but what killed it? Three dynamics mattered, including President Trump himself. First, the public strongly opposed all versions of Trumpcare and vocally said so. Every poll showed that the House and Senate versions of Trumpcare were deeply unpopular. As time went on, Obamacare got more popular and tended to poll […]

Short hits: Carter, Caro, and media in Maine

1. John Sides points out that saying a president is like Jimmy Carter isn’t even a good insult, since the most recent poll had his approval rating at 53%. It’s 74% among Democrats, 56% among Independents and 28% among Republicans. Why is Carter in the news now?  Mitt Romney recently said the decision to go after bin Laden […]

We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome By Amy Fried Posted April 24, 2012, at 3:42 p.m. Published by the Bangor Daily News  [See also Johnson’s “We shall overcome” speech: What LBJ wanted his speechwriter to know and Martin, Barack, and Lyndon]   On the voyages that are our lives, the poet Tennyson wrote, “I am a part of all that I have met.” And, indeed, […]

Johnson’s “We shall overcome” speech: What LBJ wanted his speechwriter to know

President Lyndon Johnson’s speech urging Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act is one of the great American speeches of the twentieth century. It was also, as Johnson biographer Robert Caro wrote, “the speech that made Martin Luther King cry.” I wrote about this speech right after the Martin Luther King memorial was dedicated in […]