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Riding The Tiger

“I discovered that being a President is like riding a tiger. A man has to keep on riding or be swallowed.” Harry S. Truman

Friday Feature: Candidate Johnson Not Riding a Tiger

LBJ stands on top of an old car, making a speech to an attentive crowd.

Frank Muto / Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum

The details in this photo may be outdated but the setting is all too familiar in these days of non-stop presidential campaigning. Future Vice President (and future President) Lyndon B. Johnson is seen here campaigning atop a car in Pennsylvania, c. 1960.

The Kennedy/Johnson ticket would, of course, win the ticket in 1960. Johnson was VP for nearly three years until Kennedy's assassination in November 1963. In 1964, Johnson ran for re-election against GOP candidate Barry Goldwater. Goldwater's party was,

"… torn by the intense divisions between its old-guard, eastern, moderate base and the upstart, conservative insurgents from the South and West."

LBJ went on to win the election by the largest margin of popular votes in American history. Read more about the 1964 election from American President.

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