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1968: A Spiral of Chaos and Death

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by Justin Ewers

U.S. News & World Report

January 17, 2008


....Running against a Kennedy, with his presidency suddenly in tatters, was Johnson's worst nightmare. His entire term in the White House had been served in the shadow of John F. Kennedy, and now, after he had dutifully pushed through many of Kennedy's policies—at great political cost—his boss's brother was trying to unseat him. Polls showed Kennedy running ahead of Johnson in several states. "I felt that I was being chased on all sides by a giant stampede," Johnson would later tell historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. "And then the final straw, the thing I feared from the first day of my presidency was actually coming true. Robert Kennedy had openly announced his intention to reclaim the throne in the memory of his brother. And the American people, swayed by the magic of the name, were dancing in the streets. The whole situation was unbearable for me."

Full story: http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/politi...-and-death.html

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