HEY HEY LBJ: A PRESIDENT’S DECISION NOT TO RUN RESONATES TODAY

It was a Sunday, the 31st of March fifty-two years ago, 1968. I was in my last year of high school, already halfway out the door to college. The Vietnam war was a concern, but knowing I’d been offered scholarships, and would spend the next four years deferred from the draft, it was not an immediate worry. On that quiet spring evening President Lyndon B. Johnson was about to address the nation on television. I was watching it alone, but I began to shout to my family once the import of his now-famous words sank in. “…accordingly, I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my…

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