Lyndon Johnson's legacy
St. Paul, Minn. — To mark President's Day, Midday focuses on some presidential history. Specifically, we have some highlights from an interesting forum at the John F. Kennedy library in Boston on the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson.
We hear from Pulitzer-Prize-winning biographer Robert Caro, who's written three books about Johnson and is working on a fourth.
First up, however was Jack Valenti, who served as special assistant to Lyndon Johnson.
Valenti stepped down in 2004 after over 38 years as the CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, where he was one of the nation's highest-paid lobbyists. He says it's best to look at Johnson's presidential legacy, including the war in Vietnam, as a continuation of Kennedy's legacy.
- Robert Caro: Biographer of Lyndon B. Johnson, who was among the speakers taking part in a forum on LBJ at the John F. Kennedy library and museum.
- Jack Valenti: Valenti was special assistant to Lyndon Johnson's White House. In 1966, he resigned and became the president of the Motion Picture Association of America.
- Hear a radio drama about L.B.J. and Hubert Humphrey
- The John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
- Hear some of Johnson's famous White House tapes