Lyndon Johnson was, prior to John Kennedy’s assassination, just a cipher of a vice-president. The Kennedys needed Texas and thought Johnson could deliver it. Other than that he was a jug-eared embarrassment to their more stylish clan.
Brutal events rescued Johnson from the forgotten valley of VP. Kennedy’s assassination brought him into his own, and a giant ego in tandem with great legislative gifts made Johnson — one termer though he was — a president of note. Though he had suffered as vice-president, Johnson was not one to mitigate the suffering of others. It was Johnson’s sour mouth we owe this cruel, brilliant, mildly vulgar putdown of Gerald Ford: “Gerry Ford couldn’t pour piss out of a cowboy boot if the instructions were written on the heel.”
That’s as crisp, caustic and cruel as it gets, and unfair to Ford, who had — contrary to Saturday Night images — both dignity and balance. But vice-presidents, up to modern times, were meant to be targets, supernumeraries save in a time of national emergency and a real threat to the president.
Considering the power of the US Presidency this story is alarming. What (exactly) is Obama expecting to happen?
The excuse: ”But the agencies, most recently the Social Security Administration, are trying to put a damper on the speculation — noting the ammunition is “standard issue” and simply used for mandatory federal training sessions.”
Not true. ”Wadcutter’s” are used for training sessions because they are far cheaper. So — what is really going on?