Lem Johns, LBJ Bodyguard, Dies; Witness To JFK Assassination, Spattered With Paint In Australia

Lem Johns, the United States Secret Service agent who was spattered with paint during President Lyndon Johnson’s visit to Australia in 1966, has died, at the age of 88.

Johns, with his right hand raised, can be seen in the picture below on the right hand side of Johnson’s limousine. The incident occurred during a demonstration in Melbourne.

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Johnson’s visit in October 1966 came just one month before the federal election of November 26. The election was conducted amidst vigorous public debate about Australia’s commitment of conscripted troops to the war in Vietnam. [Read more…]


Costello To Quit Politics; Won’t Seek Leadership

Nov 25 – 12.45pm – The outgoing Treasurer, Peter Costello, has announced that he will not seek the leadership of the Liberal Party following its defeat at yesterday’s election.

Costello said he would serve out his three-year term as the member for Higgins and would leave politics at the next election.

Adapting the words of former United States President Lyndon Johnson, Costello said: “I will not seek and I will not accept the leadership of the Liberal Party.”

Can Turnbull Snatch The Prize?

Nov 25 – 1.00pm – Political attention will now focus on whether the member for Wentworth, Malcolm Turnbull, can secure the leadership of the Federal Liberal Party.

Turnbull won a second term in the House of Representatives at yesterday’s election, withstanding a concerted attempt to unseat him. He nearly won the seat on primary votes.

Other likely contenders for the leadership are Brendan Nelson and Joe Hockey. Alexander Downer will also be called on to make his intentions clear. Julie Bishop could be a contender but is more likely to seek the deputy’s position.

Nightmare For Liberal Party Worsens, Or Does It?

Nov 25 – 1.15pm – Whilst some will see Peter Costello’s departure as a worsening nightmare for the Liberal Party, following its defeat in yesterday’s election, the decision also represents an opportunity to move to a new generation of leadership untainted by the Howard-Costello years.

Conversely, the decision by Costello robs his party of a strong parliamentary performer with experience in government.

For Kevin Rudd, the development represents a stunning defeat of his two major opponents in the coalition government.


Presidential Election Results 1964-2000

The table shows US Presidential election results between 1964 and 2000.

Democrats won the elections of 1964 (Lyndon Johnson, 1976 (Jimmy Carter, 1992 and 1996 (Bill Clinton).

Republicans won the elections of 1968 and 1972 (Richard Nixon), 1980 and 1984 (Ronald Reagan), 1988 (George H.W. Bush) and 2000 (George W. Bush). [Read more…]


The Great Society: Speech By President Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society speech was delivered exactly six months after he assumed the office, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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Johnson gave the Commencement Address at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Kennedy had originally been invited to speak.

The speech came to be seen as a major statement of Johnson’s domestic policy ambitions. [Read more…]


Lyndon Johnson Takes The Oath Of Office As US President

Lyndon Baines Johnson became the 36th President of the United States on November 22, 1963, following the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Johnson automatically succeeded to the presidency on Kennedy’s death.

He took the oath of office on the presidential plane Air Force One. The oath was administered by Sarah Hughes (1896-1985), a Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. [Read more…]