01-16-2013 03:45 PM
I am about finished reading Passage of Power by Robert A Caro. This is the 4th Volume in
The Years of Lyndon Johnson. It covers Johnson's last years as Leader of the Senate, his 1960
bid for the Presidency at the 1960 convention and his his accepting the VP from Kennedy. One aspect
of this book I found facinating was Johnson's relationship with the Kennedy's. Bobby Kennedy hated Johnson and the feelilng was mutual. As VP . Before the assasination Kennedy there was speculation that Johnson might be droped from the ticket in 1964. But the Kennedy assasination put the unhappy VP into the number one position.
From the start Johnshon was in command. Caro writes about Johnson's leadership from November 23 t o the inagural. He provided the country a sense that things will continue. Johnson kept many of Kennedy's advisors. He even kept Bobby Kennedy as AG. He also continued with Kennedys program. But at the same time he put his own signiture on the new adminstration and people knew that Johnson was President.
Passage of Power was more than a bio of LBJ. It offers a good account of a very troubling and fascinating time in our nation's history. The entire series should be required reading for every American.