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Hey, Hey, LBJ…

An archive profile of Lyndon B. Johnson, US President between 1963 and 1969, a period that included both the passing of the Civil Rights Act, and much of The Vietnam War. The piece reflects on a change in the relationship between Americans and their President in times of crisis that was seen in Johnson’s time in office. He writes of Johnson’s predecessor – “to the day of his death Kennedy could have commanded the virtually unanimous support—even fealty—of the nation in a foreign crisis, a summit setback, a missile confrontation. In the jargon of the time, “bipartisanship” would have seen to it that the people “rallied around the President” while “politics stopped at the water’s edge.” In crisis, people would have trusted—even expected—him not only to do the right thing, but to know the right thing.”

Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing

The author of this piece looking to help readers finding the pandemic hard to comprehend outlined its scope as “everything from the virus itself to the symptoms it causes, from deceptive numbers to swirling misinformation, from our desire for simple narratives to the nature of expertise in a crisis too large for any one person to grasp.”