presidency of lyndon b. johnson

If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.
—  President Lyndon B. Johnson
The Republican symbol is the elephant and the elephant never forgets. The Republicans remember that they have always been elected by scaring people. Their platform this year is made up of one word. And that word is fear.
—  President Lyndon B. Johnson, speech in Newark, New Jersey, October 7, 1966. Just as relevant 50 years later.

The 1960s were an awfully turbulent time.


1. First man on the moon.

2. Vietnamese children running from the site of a napalm attack.

3. MLK in the march from Selma to Montgomery.

4. The self immolation of a Buddhist monk in protest of governmental anti-buddhist policies in South Vietnam.

5. Flowers are placed on the bayonets at an anti-war protest, otherwise known as “flower power”.

6. Woodstock music festival, attended by an estimated half million people.

7. The Beatles

8. Marilyn Monroe, who died August 5th, 1962.

9. President John F. Kennedy.

10. Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in to office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

anonymous asked:


She was very intimidating at plucking flower pedals.

(It wasn’t the little girl that was powerful, it was the ad’s stark yet simple message. I mean, just watch it. There is no subtlety about what the election could mean for the future.)

President Lyndon B. Johnson     Uncredited and Undated Photograph

I really never thought I’d be posting LBJ, but the following words of his are way too appropriate at this current moment of ugliness and catastrophe to not spread them around:

“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Lyndon B. Johnson, to his then assistant Bill Moyers.

Actual statements that would’ve ended any career if they weren’t Democrats

“A few years ago this guy [Obama] would have been carrying our bags…getting us coffee.” - Bill Clinton

“But if you look at it…blacks watch the same news at night that ordinary Americans do.” - Bill Clinton

“I mean you’ve got the first sort of mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and nice-looking guy.” - Joe Biden

“You cannot go into a 7-11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.  I’m not joking!” - Joe Biden

“I’ll have them n****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” - President Lyndon B. Johnson

“White folks was in the caves while we [blacks] was building empires…We built pyramids before Donald Trump ever knew what architecture was…We taught philosophy and astrology and mathematics before Socrates and them Greek homos ever got around to it.” - Rev. Al Sharpton

“… Obama – a ‘light-skinned’ African American 'with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one…” - Harry Reid

“In about 18 months from now, hopefully [Gubernatorial candidate Sen. Vincent Sheheen] will have sent Nikki Haley back to wherever the hell she came from and this country can move forward.” - SC Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian


March 16th 1968: My Lai Massacre

On this day in 1968, during the Vietnam War, between 350 and 500 Vietnamese villagers were massacred by American troops. The soldiers of the ‘Charlie’ Company killed and mutilated hundreds of unarmed civilians, many of whom were women and children. The massacre took place in the hamlets of My Lai and My Khe of Son My village, and was supposedly due to the belief that enemy soldiers were hiding in the area. The incident was initially downplayed by the army, with General Westmoreland congratulating the unit on their “outstanding job”. However, once the true nature of the horrific masacre was revealed, it sparked outrage both in the United States and around the world. The brutality of My Lai was a major factor in increasing domestic opposition to the Vietnam War, with mounting protests putting pressure on the government to end what many saw as a futile war. 26 US soldiers were charged for their involvement in the incident, but only one - William Calley - was convicted and found guilty. Calley was given a life sentence for killing 22 villagers, but only served 3 and a half years under house arrest; he made his first public apology in August 2009.

The Presidency of this Nation is no place for a timid soul or a torpid spirit. It is the one place where a petty temper and a narrow view can never reside. For the Presidency is both a legacy from the past and a profusion of hope for the future.
—  President Lyndon B. Johnson, speech in Miami, Florida, February 27, 1964