MAKING WASHINGTON WORK

  • “The country needs and, unless I mistake its temper, the country demands bold, persistent experimentation. It is common sense to take a method and try it: If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”   
    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1932

     

    “We remember his signature admonition: ‘Do it now. Not next week. Not tomorrow. Not later today. Now.’”
    Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Chief Domestic Adviser to President Johnson 

     

     

    Multimedia Resources

    Califano, Joseph A. Seeing is Believing. The Centennial Celebration for President Lyndon Baines Johnson, Kaiser Family Foundation, Washington, D.C. May 19, 2008. Address.
    —Joseph A. Califano, Jr., LBJ’s chief domestic adviser, discusses the lasting impact of President Johnson at his centennial celebration. The text of the speech also contains a sidebar of all the acts passed under President Johnson during his tenure.

    Dallek, Robert. Character Above All: An Exploration of Presidential Leadership.
    Public Broadcasting Service.
    —Robert Dallek, presidential biographer and professor of history and public policy, uses accounts of LBJ’s personality to describe his leadership style and political dealings throughout his political career and his presidency.

    The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation. Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Celebration: Celebrating His Can-Do Spirit. 2008.  

    —The LBJ Foundation compiles archival materials and speeches about President Johnson to commemorate his centennial.

    President Obama’s Leadership Style. The Diane Rehm Show. Diane Rehm. National Public Radio. April 21, 2010.

    —A panel of experts analyzes President Obama’s leadership style and his effectiveness in Washington.

    George McGovern appearance on Good Day New York, March 15, 2012.
    —Former Democratic Presidential Candidate and U.S. Senator George McGovern Speaks about his book, “What It Means to Be a Democrat.”

    Books and Articles by Speakers

    Califano, Joseph A. The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson: The White House Years. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1991.

    Dallek, Robert. Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961-1973.
    New York: Oxford University Press, 1998.

    Duggan, Ervin S., & Wattenberg, Ben J. Against All Enemies. New York: Avon Books, 1982.

    Goodwin, Doris Kearns. Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1976.

    McGovern, George. The Essential America: Our Founders and the Liberal Tradition. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

    McGovern, George. What It Means to Be a Democrat. New York: Blue Rider Press, 2011.

    Mondale, Walter. The Good Fight: A Life in Liberal Politics. New York: Scribner, 2010.

    Moyers, Bill. Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times. New York: Anchor Books, 2005.

    Moyers, Bill. Moyers on Democracy. New York: Anchor Books, 2008.

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