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  •  And how many politicians did MLK "like" (0+ / 0-)

    that you know about? Were you even born yet then?

    It's true that Kennedy's accomplishments were limited...he was, like Obama, young and less experienced than some, but he was an inspirational leader the like of which we have not seen since. He was loved and admired not only here but around the world.

    Unfortunately he did provide the impetus for the Civil Rights Act...by dying. The nation's grief after his assassination provided an opening for Johnson to get the Civil Rights Act passed--the idea that such a great accomplishment was the ultimate tribute to JFK helped overcome objections, or made some embarrassed to raise them.

    "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

    by Alice in Florida on Mon Jan 09, 2012 at 05:22:04 PM PST

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    •  From what I have read LBJ got along real well (0+ / 0-)

      with MLK.

      •  I can't imagine they spent much time (0+ / 0-)

        together, but perhaps their few meetings went well. LBJ was a very effective politician but he was also a serious S.O.B. from day one. I'm not sure what you mean by "got along real well"...except that Johnson was, as noted, very effective and perhaps being a Southerner better understood the plight of black people.

        But it does sound like you weren't around then, and don't remember Kennedy's influence and particularly his popularity. Obama has had very different kinds of problems to deal with...when Kennedy was elected, the nation was flying high in terms of the economy and international prestige, whereas Obama took office at a time when both were in tatters. The only real dark cloud on the horizon in the early 60s was that little matter of possible nuclear annihilation, which took care of itself when it turned out the Russians were no more interested in blowing up the planet than we were.

        Kennedy's greatest accomplishment was inspiring others...whether to go to the Moon, or to join the Peace Corps, or for kids to excel in their studies and in physical fitness. If you look at people who were kids in those days, you probably find that a large number of those who sought public service were inspired by Kennedy. It would be hard for Obama to reach as many, because avenues of communication are so much more fragmented now. There were only three television networks in those days, pretty much nobody had cable, there was no Fox News or anything like that. Everybody watched the same shows, and when the President had major announcement or speech, everything else was pre-empted for the broadcast from the Oval Office. It's probably very hard to imagine that now.

        "All governments lie, but disaster lies in wait for countries whose officials smoke the same hashish they give out." --I.F. Stone

        by Alice in Florida on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 09:37:14 AM PST

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    •  And Obama has had astronomically more (0+ / 0-)

      accomplishments than JFK in 3 years and it is not even close.

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