April 10, 2014
Editor’s note: No word on the racist Johnson’s comment that the Great Society would have the n—– voting for Democrats for the next 200 years.
President Barack Obama paid tribute Thursday to President Lyndon B. Johnson and his role in expanding civil rights, vowing honor that legacy by using his power to fight for what he believes in.
“The story of America is a story of progress. However slow, however incomplete, however harshly challenged,” Obama said at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, where leaders gathered to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. “President Johnson knew that ours is a story of optimism, a story of achievement and constant striving that is unique upon this Earth.”
The president’s focus during his 30-minute speech was on Johnson’s accomplishments and power, his determination to tackle difficult issues even when his political advisers urged him to tread lightly. “What the hell’s the presidency for if not to fight for causes you believe in?” Obama asked, drawing inspiration from a line used by Johnson.