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Helping the poor was his main goal
Helping the helpless was his main fight
But the Vietnam War got in the way of his domestic agenda
The Vietnam War escalated and he did not try to stop it

Lyndon B. Johnson

Progressive Texas thinker, started out as a teacher
After that, most of his life- career politician
Left Congress to help out with World War 2
Senate Majority Leader, Minority Leader, too
Wife Lady Bird invested, helped him earn millions
Known to be domineering to advance legislation

Helping the poor was his main goal
Helping the helpless was his main fight
But the Vietnam War got in the way of his domestic agenda
The Vietnam War escalated and he did not try to stop it

As President sent more and more troops to Vietnam
Underestimated the strength of the Viet Cong
A strong anti-war movement grew out of this
But with growing numbers against him, LBJ persisted
Back at home tried to build a Great Society
Medicare, Medicaid, a full out war on poverty
Expanded the space program, the U.S. went to the moon!
But with riots in the streets back home, the country seemed doomed
In '68 LBJ said he'd not run again
Between Vietnam and inflation his time was limited

They said "Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?"

Lyndon B. Johnson
They said "Hey, hey LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?"

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from The Presidents of the United States of America (Volume 3), released February 18, 2013
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