Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bill Moyers on MLK and Johnson

Via Crooks and Liars:

Bill Moyers, who was Lyndon Johnson’s press secretary from 1965-1967, gives his perspective on the “tempest in a teapot” of the Hillary vs. Obama media brawl over LBJ and MLK:

As the pressure intensified on each side, Johnson wanted King to wait a little longer and give him a chance to bring Congress around by hook or crook. But Martin Luther King said his people had already waited too long. He talked about the murders and lynchings, the churches set on fire, children brutalized, the law defied, men and women humiliated, their lives exhausted, their hearts broken. LBJ listened, as intently as I ever saw him listen. He listened, and then he put his hand on Martin Luther King’s shoulder, and said, in effect: “OK. You go out there Dr. King and keep doing what you’re doing, and make it possible for me to do the right thing.” Lyndon Johnson was no racist but he had not been a civil rights hero, either. Now, as president, he came down on the side of civil disobedience, believing it might quicken America’s conscience until the cry for justice became irresistible, enabling him to turn Congress. So King marched and Johnson maneuvered and Congress folded.

Someone named Longtooth comments:

HILLARY CLINTON: “Dr. King’s dream began to be realized when President Lyndon Johnson passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when he was able to get through Congress something that President Kennedy was hopeful to do, the president before had not even tried, but it took a president to get it done.”

Lest We Forget: Hillary Clinton supported Barry Goldwater in 1964.



Travis said...

I've always thought that the important thing to remember is that the media isn't going to tell us the whole story. People can be reactionary to what they hear in the media. Or they can be contemplative and go find out the facts for themselves.

Either way, people must be responsible in the way they process information and make decisions.

the teach said...

I'm not blaming Hillary in this but she should have got her emphasis right...

Jamie said...

Hillary is a nice Methodist girl. You never get away from it. The emphasis is always on faith through works. The one area where she can be trusted is in seeing a problem and fixing it if at all possible. Is she likely to make mistakes, of course the woman is human, but I sure want to give her a chance to try.