Lyndon Baines Johnson

(1908_1973 / Stonewall, Texas)

Lyndon Baines Johnson Quotes

  • ''Son, in politics you've got to learn that overnight chicken shit can turn to chicken salad.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Fawn Brodie, Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character, ch. 25 (1983). In reply to a reporter who had questioned him on his embracing Richard Nixon on Nixon's return from his vice presidential tour of South America, where he had stood up to being mobbed by an angry crowd in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1958. Johnson had previously referred to Nixon as "chicken shit." Reactions to the incident were not all favorable: Walter Lippmann called the tour "a diplomatic Pearl Harbor" and the Boston Globe said it was "one of the most ineptly handled episodes in this country's foreign relations."
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  • ''Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Richard Reeves, A Ford, Not a Lincoln, ch. 1 (1975). Reeves alleges that Johnson's remark was "cleaned up" by "the late President's aides and history."
  • ''I am making a collection of the things my opponents have found me to be and, when this election is over, I am going to open a museum and put them on display.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Radio Address, Dallas, Texas," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (June 25, 1941). Said during senatorial campaign.
  • ''You might say that Lyndon Johnson is a cross between a Baptist preacher and a cowboy.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Radio Address, Lufkin, Texas," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (June 5, 1948). Senate campaign speech.
  • ''The last thing I wanted to do was to be a 'wartime' President.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. Readers' Digest, vol. 94, no. 562, p. 243, The Readers' Digest Association, Inc. (February 1969). Reflections on his administration and refinement.
  • ''The American West is just arriving at the threshold of its greatness and growth. Where the West of yesterday is glamorized in our fiction, the future of the American West now is both fabulous and factual.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Remarks, Dinner for Gale McGee," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (July 13, 1963).
  • ''Mr. Speaker, at a time when the nation is again confronted with necessity for calling its young men into service in the interests of National Security, I cannot see the wisdom of denying our young women the opportunity to serve their country.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Remarks, House Floor," LBJ, "Speech Collection," (April 21, 1948). Comment on floor of House of Representatives.
  • ''Whoever won't fight when the President calls him, deserves to be kicked back in his hole and kept there.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Remarks, Luling, Texas," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (March 23, 1937). First congressional campaign.
  • ''I am concerned about the whole man. I am concerned about what the people, using their government as an instrument and a tool, can do toward building the whole man, which will mean a better society and a better world.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Remarks, Support of Federal Aid to Hospitals," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (April 13, 1963). On medical research.
  • ''Whether we are New Dealer, Old Dealer, Liberty Leaguer or Red, whether we agree or not, we still have the right to think and speak how we feel.''
    Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Remarks to Smithville, Texas Chamber of Commerce Barbeque," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (September 15, 1939). Informal report to Congressional district.

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