Wednesday, August 27, 2008

God Bless LBJ

Every person, as they age experiences health issues, of varying degrees. Some just have the inevitable Ritis Brothers, Arthritis or Bursitis. Others have even more age related complications. President Johnson, in 1965, created Medicare to aid American seniors, as they age. Now, each and every month when I pay bills, I say, God Bless Lyndon Johnson. Bob became eligible for Medicare when he turned 65, and just about then he started experiencing a variety of health issues, one's we'd never considered for such an active guy, a triathlete, no less. So Medicare has helped us a lot. God Bless Lyndon B. Johnson. Next year, I'll turn 65, and I'll be saying it more often. Today is Lyndon B. Johnson's birthday, he would have been 100.

President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Medicare Bill at the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri. Former President Harry S. Truman is seated at the table with President Johnson. The following are in the background (from left to right): Senator Edward V. Long, an unidentified man, Lady Bird Johnson, Senator Mike Mansfield, Vice President Hubert Humphrey, and Bess Truman.

Lyndon Baines Johnson (August 27, 1908January 22, 1973), often referred to as LBJ, was the thirty-sixth President of the United States from 1963 to 1969. Johnson served a long career in both houses of the U.S. Congress, and in 1960 he was selected by then-Presidential candidate John F. Kennedy to be his running-mate. After Kennedy won the 1960 presidential election, Johnson became the thirty-seventh Vice President, and in 1963, he succeeded to the presidency following Kennedy's assassination. He was a major leader of the Democratic Party and as President was responsible for designing the Great Society, comprising liberal legislation including civil rights laws, Medicare (health care for the elderly), Medicaid (health care for the poor), aid to education, and a "War on Poverty." Simultaneously, he escalated the American involvement in the Vietnam War, from 16,000 American soldiers in 1963 to 550,000 in early 1968.
He was elected President in his own right in a landslide victory in 1964, but his popularity steadily declined after 1966 and his reelection bid in 1968 collapsed as a result of turmoil in his party. He withdrew from the race to concentrate on peacemaking. Johnson was renowned for his domineering (or dominating) personality and the "Johnson treatment," his arm-twisting of powerful politicians.
Johnson died after a heart attack, the third in his lifetime, on January 22, 1973.


Allie said...

Whoo Hooo! Go LBJ! Very informative Jan, thanks!

the teach said...

All the best to you, LBJ and God bless! Happy Birthday! Great post, Jan! :)

lisaschaos said...

I never knew most of this. Unfortunately, in high school history was my least favorite class and I squeaked by.
God Bless LBJ

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