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News Stories about the 2008 presidential election of
Barack Obama and Lyndon Johnson


The Austin American-Statesman
“Former LBJ aide offers advice to Obama”
By Claire Osborn
Califano, who was in Austin on Thursday to give a keynote speech at the Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Symposium, said Obama needs to carry on with Johnson's legacy, which includes a passion for civil rights and domestic reform. Obama could write the "third volume in the trilogy of progressive administrations," Califano said. "We have Roosevelt's New Deal and Johnson's Great Society." [read more...]

The Washington Post
“The Election That LBJ Won”
By Richard Cohen
When he signed the epochal Civil Rights Act of 1964, Johnson knew he was also signing away the South and, with it, much of the white vote elsewhere as well.
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CNN
“LBJ, King opened door for Obama's election”
By Luci Baines Johnson
Forty-four years ago on November 2, 1964, I returned to Austin, Texas, with my parents and gave my last campaign speech at a rally in front of the Texas Capitol. [read more...]

News Review
“What happened to ‘for the good of the country’?”
By Cory Farley
When Lyndon Johnson put his signature on the Civil Rights Act in 1964, he noted that Democrats were “signing away the South for 50 years.” [read more...]

Politico
“This isn't Bush's White House”
By Carol E. Lee
Obama’s gathering at the Executive Mansion sounds like a throwback to the days of Lyndon Johnson or conjures up images of Ronald Reagan and the other living presidents clinking cocktail glasses in the Oval Office. [read more...]

Politico
“Obama compared to LBJ”
By Priscilla Totiyapungprasert
Policy changes facing President-elect Barack Obama are similar to those faced by former President Lyndon B. Johnson, said professors and professionals at a symposium Thursday. [read more...]

The Huffington Post
“Dr. King's True Legacy: A Lesson for Progressives in the Age of Obama”
By Kimberle Crenshaw
This is a remarkable, breathtaking moment for us all. Who can doubt that we are celebrating something special here -- there's something in the air that we can feel, touch, grasp. [read more...]

Journal Sentinel
“The Obama odyssey”
By David Maraniss
Seven months later, President Lyndon B. Johnson traveled along Pennsylvania Ave. from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to urge a joint session of Congress to pass legislation that would remove every barrier discriminating against blacks and their right to vote. [read more...]

The Daily Astorian
“Johnson's ghost was present on Tuesday”
An unseen presence hovered over Tuesday's presidential inauguration. It was the ghost of President Lyndon B. Johnson. While Martin Luther King Jr. was appropriately credited with putting civil rights in front of the nation, it was President Johnson who gave his political life to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [read more...]

The Washington Post Company
“Obama Isn't the First President to Retake Oath -- or Forgo Bible”
By Garance Franke-Ruta
President Obama's awkward swearing-in ceremony and subsequent do-over of the oath of office drew a great deal of attention, but the double-dip does not make him unique in American history. [read more...]

The New York Times
“L.B.J., Obama and Reassuring a Worried Nation”
By Robert Dallek
Barack Obama seems focused on the starts of the Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt presidencies as guides for action — appointing “a team of rivals” to his cabinet and promising immediate steps, a newer New Deal, to revive the economy. [read more...]

The New York Times
“I Wish You Were Here”
By Bob Herbert
And so it has happened, this very strange convergence. The holiday celebrating the birth of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. became, in the midnight hour, the day that America inaugurates its first black president. [read more...]

Athens Banner-Herald
“Rep. John Lewis remembers King at Freedom Breakfast”
By Lee Shearer
Rep. John Lewis traced a line from Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s to Tuesday’s inauguration of Barack Obama as the United States’ first black president in a speech on the University of Georgia campus today. [read more...]

The Spectrum
“Reflect on how we vote and exercise our precious rights”
A few nights ago I was watching a PBS special on the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th president of the United States. This was of particular interest to me because in the late 1960s I served as Congressional liaison officer for the Department of Interior. [read more...]

The Boston Globe
“King and his presidents”
THIS is a week to think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the presidency. Barack Obama and King are quite different personalities, united chiefly by racial background and rhetorical ability. But there is a connection between them, and it traces back to how the turmoil of the 1960s shaped the policies of presidents. [read more...]

CQ Politics
“Lessons From LBJ”
As a 31-year-old aide to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lawrence Levinson was one of the staffers entrusted with keeping internal charts that chronicled the status of the administration’s priority bills in Congress, identified projected paths through committees and singled out lawmakers who might throw up obstacles. [read more...]

US News
“Obama Inaugural Address Echoes Bush, Clinton, Carter, JFK, FDR, Lincoln”
By Robert Schlesinger
I was struck a couple of times, listening to and reading Barack Obama's inaugural speech, that he nicely echoed some of his predecessors in office. A more thorough examination reveals the speech practically reverberates with them. [read more...]

US News
“Bush and LBJ cut from the same presidential cloth”
By Timothy Giannuzzi
No president since the 36th, Bush's fellow Texan Lyndon B. Johnson, has had such a divisive effect on the United States or generated so much ill will. In fact, the two share a lot of striking similarities. [read more...]

The Palm Beach Post
“Let LBJ share Lincoln's limelight”
By Tom Blackburn
The president planned his Cabinet as a "team of rivals" the way historian Doris Kearns Goodwin described Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet. He followed the railroad tracks Lincoln's train took to the capital in 1861. [read more...]

The Raw Story
“After eleven days in office, Newsweek puts Obama in Vietnam”
By John Byrne
That's the year then-President Lyndon Johnson officially expanded America's involvement in Vietnam, expanding the number of US troops from 3,500 in March to 200,000 by December. [read more...]

The New York Times
“A Stimulus Plan With Dual Goals: Reform and Recovery”
By David E. Sanger
As a result, there is $54 billion in the House bill for new forms of “American energy,” a phrase with an air of nationalism, along with a series of “Buy America” requirements of dubious legality under trade treaties; $141 billion for education; $24 billion for lowering health care costs; and $6 billion for broadband service, the digital equivalent of Lyndon B. Johnson electrifying the Hill Country in Texas. [read more...]

CQ Politics
“Obama Could Take Lessons From LBJ in Dealing With Congress”
By Adriel Bettelheim
President-elect Obama lists the collected writings of Abraham Lincoln among his favorite reading. And more than a few commentators have suggested that Obama is channeling the spirit of Franklin D. Roosevelt as he tries to chart a response to the economic crisis. [read more...]

The New York Times
“Op-Ed Contributor - Put Culture in the Cabinet”
In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson drew on his Texas roots when he created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, organizations that share America’s arts and humanities with the American people. [read more...]

iReport.com
“CNN writer Ruben Naverrette Article on Obama is Flawed”
Lyndon Baines Johnson was not black. Didn't have many blacks in his cabinet. Yet his policies helped African Americans and Latino americans living here in America. Barack Obamas policies absolutely help Latino's more than any other Race in America. [read more...]

The Huffington Post
"The Johnson Legacy and the Obama Challenge: Remarks to the LBJ Centennial Conference"
By James K. Galbraith
We have spent a generation trying to repeal the New Deal and the Great Society, and the fact that the results are disastrous is now clear to all. On December 4, 2008, the LBJ Presidential Library hosted a symposium honoring President Johnson's centennial. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
"LBJ laid the groundwork for Obama"
By Robert Bryce
Four decades after Lyndon Johnson left the White House, his voice, his conscience, continues to reverberate in America. Indeed, Barack Obama's historic win is proof of the enduring triumph of Johnson's presidency. [read more...]

The Herald Bulletin
“NAACP celebrates century of service”
By Brandi Watters
As the Madison County chapter of the NAACP celebrates the organization’s centennial birthday this February, local members are aiming to recruit 100 new members. [read more...]

The Dallas Morning News
“Barack Obama's rise brings hopeful turn on long road of civil rights struggles”
By Michael A. Lindenberger
The election of the first black president moves the nation closer to removing the stain of slavery and its aftermath, experts, activists and others across Dallas say.
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The New England Journal of Medicine
“The Lessons of Success — Revisiting the Medicare Story”
By David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., and James Morone, Ph.D.
President-elect Barack Obama waits to take the oath of office, and as predictably as sap rises in the New England spring, health care professionals and policymakers are posing the quadrennial questions: Will this be the time? Have Americans finally elected a president who can repair our ailing health care system? [read more...]

Scoop08
“Who will be Barack Obama's Lyndon Johnson?”
By Michal Zapendowski
Johnson had a reputation as a tough guy famous for arm-twisting fellow politicians. He was a good-old boy, the kind of guy who exuded the earth of America. Where Kennedy's youth and religion were unsettling, and his elitist background made him repelling, Lyndon Johnson provided reassurance. That's exactly what Barack Obama needs from his running mate. [read more...]

The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Lyndon Johnson and Barack Obama”
By Cary Clack
On Aug. 6, 1965, Luci Baines Johnson, the 18-year-old daughter of the president of the United States, accompanied her father to Capitol Hill to sign the Voting Rights Act. She asked him why they were going to Congress to sign the legislation instead of the White House. [read more...]

The Huffington Post
“LBJ Can Rest Easy Now”
By Craig Crawford
Barack Obama's election on Tuesday to become the nation's first African-American president proves that by doing the right thing Johnson and his party ultimately got their reward -- points in heaven and votes on the ground. [read more...]

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“More important MLK papers going to auction”
By Catherine Fox
Three important documents written by or related to Martin Luther King Jr., including notes for King’s last, undelivered, speech, are scheduled to be auctioned Thursday in Sotheby’s Sale of Fine Books and Manuscripts in New York. [read more...]

The Advocate
“Open letters from 26 gay men and lesbians”
Few presidents have taken office with greater challenges, and higher expectations, than you. [read more...]

LBJ and Civil Rights
Lyndon Johnson’s Message to Congress, “The American Promise”
March 15, 1965
President Johnson calls on Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act. [read more...]