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Lbj’s Personality Essay

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Lyndon Baines Johnson, otherwise known as LBJ, was an egotistical senator, president, and life long politician. LBJ was born in Stonewall, Texas to a family where he felt neglected for most of his childhood. That shaped LBJ into the man he was. Always in need of fellowship, LBJ found himself working hard, trying to be the best at everything. As a result, he wanted to outdo every politician America had ever seen. It did not stop there, LBJ also wanted to be known as the greatest politician in the history of the United States. Throughout LBJ’s career, he did have many successes, but also many failures, which mostly stemmed from his outlandish personality.
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From day one of LBJ’s political career, his goal was to become president. In 1961, it was official; LBJ had become the 37th Vice President of the United States, after John Fitzgerald Kennedy, otherwise known as JFK. JFK beat him out for presidency and then questionably nominated him as his vice president. To LBJ, this was the worst thing that could have happen to him, until JFK was assassinated in 1963. LBJ was one of the most egotistical people; he named his dog Lyndon Beagle Johnson, but even after the assassination, he said, “I would trade anything to not be in this position today”. Despite the fact that LBJ should not have become president, he knew he was always perfect for the job. His passive aggressive behavior, along with being a past southern senator helped him get his civil rights bill passed. LBJ wanted to pass a civil rights bill because he knew if he did, it would allow him to be a great and popular politician, possibly as popular as the four presidents on Mount Rushmore. He knew that to gain southern supporters for the bill, he would have to play hardball, like he did in the senate. If this did not work, LBJ would try to negotiate. For instance, he would support someone if they would support him back. He also knew people from the south would resonate with him because he was a past senator from Texas. This ultimately helped LBJ gain votes for the next presidential election, the election he rightly and fairly won.
During LBJ’s presidency, the presidency he won himself, he inherited the Vietnam War, which would be his downfall. In 1964, congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which allowed LBJ to have full control over the military without having to be...

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