U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson Quotes about Johnson Part 1

About the U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson quotes, quotations, and sayings about Johnson.

36th President



"Hey, hey, LBJ, how many kids did you kill today?"--chant by Vietnam War protesters

"The trouble with Lyndon is that he is a son of a bitch. The next-worst trouble is that he is a great son of a bitch. He will probably do more for the U.S., destroying everybody around him, than any other president."--An anonymous "old friend"

"Johnson would like to call all the signals, carry the ball on every play, and run his own interference."--James Reston, The New York Times

"The President tends to have an attitude that unless you go all the way with LBJ, you don't go any of the way. He isn't going to get away with that with me."--Richard Nixon, 1966

"He could take a bite out of you bigger than a T-bone steak and the very next day he would put his arms around you like a long-lost brother."--Hubert Humphrey

"Johnson had scarcely settled in office before bills were coming out of Congress like candy bars from a slot machine."--Michael Davie

"When all the returns are in, perhaps President Johnson will have to settle for being recognized as the greatest American president for the poor and for the Negroes, but that, as I see it, is a very great honor indeed."--Ralph Ellison

"He doesn't like cold intellectuals around him. He wants people who will cry when an old lady falls down in the street."--Jack Valenti

"He is a master of the art of the possible in politics."--Adlai Stevenson

"He's thoughtless and thoughtful, cruel and compassionate, simple and immensely complicated. I don't know anyone who doesn't feel ambivalently about him."--Anonymous Johnson aide, quoted in Washington Post, 1964

"Can it be that this president, so competent and masterful and overwhelming, is plagued and eaten and driven to immoderation by some inward insecurity?"--John Osborne

"I just hope that foreign problems do not keep mounting. They do not represent Lyndon's kind of presidency."--Lady Bird Johnson

"You know, a man who aspires to the presidency must have a liberal coating of egotism. But Lyndon has been double-dipped."--An anonymous friend, 1963

"You know when I first thought I might have a chance? When I realized that you could go into any bar in the country and insult Lyndon Johnson and nobody would punch you in the nose."--Eugene McCarthy


"I am not going to lose Vietnam. I am not going to be the president who saw Southeast Asia go the way China went."--To Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, November, 1963

"We are not about to send American boys nine or ten thousand miles away from home to do what Asian boys ought to be doing for themselves."--Campaign address, Oct. 21, 1964

"There is and will be, as long as I am president, peace for all Americans."--Oct. 27, 1964

"The only real issue in this campaign, the only one you ought to be concerned about, is who can best keep the peace."--Oct. 28, 1964

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