Reese Schonfeld: LBJ, Two Stories
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
It would be a colossal bit of hubris to suggest that Robert Caro needs any help from me in researching Lyndon Johnson's presidency from 1964-68, but I have two good stories about that period, and I'd like to get them on Huffington before the book comes out.
I heard the first story from a Johnson aide during that period: He and Joe Califano were often asked for advice by President Johnson. At the time, Harry McPherson, a brilliant young Texan, was serving as LBJ's special assistant and counsel and later as special counsel, but Lyndon seldom asked him for his advice. My friend, the Johnson aide, and Califano, once asked the president why he rarely asked council from his special counsel. Johnson replied "Oh, Harry will only tell me the right thing to do, and I already know that." My friend suggested that McPherson represented the best side of the president, while his Chief of Staff, Marvin Watson, a tough political operative, reflected his worst side.
The second story came
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