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Woody Harrelson’s ‘LBJ’ is important American History brought to light

In his era, Johnson was rightly vilified in his escalation of the Vietnam War, but in other areas of legislation (the Civil Rights Act, Medicare, Medicaid, the anti-poverty Great Society) LBJ sought to uplift the underclass in this country, based on an empathy that is smartly expressed in the film. The assassination of JFK was a shocking act, and it was Johnson in the aftermath who had to reset the path of a nation.

Source: ‘LBJ’ is Important American History Brought to Light

In a new look at LBJ, Joan Mellen debunks the Mac Wallace myth

Joan Mellen on LBJIn her new book about Lyndon Johnson, Faustian Bargains, Joan Mellen does something all too rare in the world of JFK research. She checked an oft-asserted “fact,” and found it isn’t a fact at all, but a fiction.

But first, the book. Faustian Bargains is intended less as a biography of LBJ than a portrait of the “robber baron culture” of Texas” and corrective to Robert Caro’s magisterial multi-volume biography, which Mellen scorns for its favorable depiction of LBJ’s political skills and legislative accomplishments.

Woody Harrelson on playing LBJ

The movie chronicles LBJ’s private fears, questions, and ideological splits with Kennedy before the rivals became running mates—and how JFK’s assassination changed LBJ’s politics. “He did adopt a big swath of JFK’s policies so it would be hard to not see it that way,” said Harrelson. “I’m not sure how much of it was motivated by his depth of emotion or by what he considered to be politically expedient. It’s really hard to read him. He’s a fascinating character.”

Source: Woody Harrelson Is Ready for a Revolution: ‘I Don’t Really Believe in Government’ – The Daily Beast

The message in the Kennedy Kards

The now poignant Kennedy Kards deck was published in early 1963 when the public infatuation with JFK had been revitalized by his statesmanship in the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962.

JFK was the Jack of Hearts, First Lady Jackie the Queen of Hearts, and Bobby Kennedy, the King of Diamonds.

“Long live the King, Queen and Jack,” proclaimed an informational card that came with the deck.

Within the year, the Jack of Clubs, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, would be president. …

RFK recommends Allen Dulles for a civil rights mission

Listen to this fascinating telephone call in June 1964 between President Lyndon Johnson, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and former CIA director Allen Dulles.

In the call, LBJ and RFK prevail upon Dulles to serve as the president’s personal emissary to Mississippi after disappearance of the three civil rights workers.

Which is the most telling exchange between the two men?

(H/T Jean, Dan, and Jim)

 

‘LBJ’ casts its RFK

The cinematic riches of the JFK era seem inexhaustible.

Now comes word that “LBJ” has found its RFK. And, as it did with its casting of former first lady Jacquelyn Kennedy, the Rob Reiner-directed presidential biopic is turning to a relative newcomer to fill the role. According to Variety, Michael Stahl-David of “Cloverfield” and HBO’s “Show Me a Hero” has signed on to play former Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in Reiner’s film, which is scheduled to start shooting in New Orleans this month.”

Source: ‘LBJ’ casts its RFK, as presidential biopic preps for NOLA shoot this month | NOLA.com

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