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Of all the challenges Lyndon Johnson faced when he became president in 1963, none would hound him more than the question of what to do in Vietnam. LBJ was an expert politician, and he had a vision for a new, New Deal America. But he could not figure out how to win the war in Vietnam, or pull the United States out.

If there were one single tool of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, it was the telephone. "As president, Lyndon Johnson used the telephone like an assault weapon," writes historian William Doyle. "He didn't just pick up the telephone, he grabbed the telephone," a witness to Johnson's phone style said. Former aides recall Johnson practically crawling through the wire to bully, cajole, and persuade people.

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Of all the challenges Lyndon Johnson faced when he became president in 1963, none would hound him more than the question of what to do in Vietnam. LBJ was an expert politician, and he had a vision for a new, New Deal America. But he could not figure out how to win the war in Vietnam, or pull the United States out.

If there were one single tool of Lyndon B. Johnson's presidency, it was the telephone. "As president, Lyndon Johnson used the telephone like an assault weapon," writes historian William Doyle. "He didn't just pick up the telephone, he grabbed the telephone," a witness to Johnson's phone style said. Former aides recall Johnson practically crawling through the wire to bully, cajole, and persuade people.

    McGeorge Bundy & LBJ Discuss Troop Increase

    McGeorge Bundy & LBJ Discuss Troop Increase

    • 36 sec
    LBJ & McNamara Debate Sending Troops to Vietnam

    LBJ & McNamara Debate Sending Troops to Vietnam

    • 3 min
    LBJ Advises Humphrey on Gaining Congressional Funding

    LBJ Advises Humphrey on Gaining Congressional Funding

    • 1 min
    LBJ Speaks with Pro-War Senator Bayh

    LBJ Speaks with Pro-War Senator Bayh

    • 11 min
    LBJ Expresses Escalation Concerns to Senate Majority Leader

    LBJ Expresses Escalation Concerns to Senate Majority Leader

    • 33 sec
    LBJ Phones Senator Richard Russell

    LBJ Phones Senator Richard Russell

    • 27 min

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