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  •  After Lincoln (5+ / 0-)

    Probably the most tragic figure in American political history.

    But the real tragedy remains that millions of SE Asians and thousands of Americans were killed and maimed.

    Most truths are so naked that people feel sorry for them and cover them up, at least a little bit. --Edward R. Murrow

    by chuckvw on Sat May 25, 2013 at 10:25:40 PM PDT

    •  Yes, both. (7+ / 0-)

      So much squandered potential even considering what he accomplished.
      Let me take the opportunity to recommend Robert Caro's multi-volume biography of LBJ, which is a brilliant work as a whole. Unsparing yet compassionate and thorough, all at once. If I had known LBJ personally, I probably would have hated him, mostly for his crudeness and his sexism. And yet I still admire the Great Society he envisioned and strove to create. I'm not sure we've ever had a president who was as sincerely committed to the welfare of all Americans.
      I do wonder what Bill Moyers would say about LBJ after all these years. He hasn't had an interview with Caro, claiming he would write his own memoir one day.

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      by peregrine kate on Sat May 25, 2013 at 11:11:33 PM PDT

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