Lyndon Johnson's family, friends aim to redefine his legacy

  • Article by: Adam Nagourney , New York Times
  • Updated: February 15, 2014 - 5:19 PM

On anniversary of his achievements, there’s an effort to define him beyond Vietnam.

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elmore1Feb. 15, 14 6:12 PM

The LBJ days are similar to Obama. A very divided country and dark spot in American history.

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firefight41Feb. 15, 14 6:39 PM

“Nobody wanted that war less than Lyndon Johnson,” said Johnson, 66, who is the president’s younger daughter. “No matter how hard he tried, he didn’t seem to be able to get out of that quagmire. ******************* Then why did he lie about the attack in the gulf of tonkin to push us further into the war?

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davisrtFeb. 15, 1410:23 PM

I've studied the history of Lyndon Johnson's presidency because I lived through those times as a college student. Until you know of the struggles that went on behind the scenes, don't judge Johnson harshly. He was truly a great man and would easily have been regarded as one of America's greatest presidents were it no for the war. See the entire picture before you judge.

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firefight41Feb. 16, 14 7:53 AM

I've studied the history of Lyndon Johnson's presidency because I lived through those times as a college student. Until you know of the struggles that went on behind the scenes, don't judge Johnson harshly. He was truly a great man and would easily have been regarded as one of America's greatest presidents were it no for the war. See the entire picture before you judge. ****************** His lie to get American's involved in Vietnam resulted in over 58,000 Americans die in a country that had nothing to do with America's national security. That's not judging, that is stating facts.

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rms316Feb. 16, 14 9:47 AM

Tough for anybody that lived through Vietnam to say anything positive about LBJ. But the landmark legislation passed during his administration stands as remarkable as any program done by any President. Civil Rights, Medicare, Clean Air Act etc. are programs that have benefited people, lasted and will last for a very long time.

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