Lyndon B. Johnson vs. John F. Kennedy
LBJ VS. JFK
Lyndon Johnson was a better president than John F. Kennedy. John F. Kennedy was a man that was all images to my perception and misleads a majority of citizens in the United States of America. He was a man of “good looks” and portrayed a dominant figure in the presidential chair but in reality, he was a president that was just getting by in his presidential tenure. John F. Kennedy was a young rich kid that ran for president and made it. Lyndon Johnson had more experience with poverty because he came from a poor family. So he had more intentions as a president to get things done correct.
Lyndon Johnson felt the pinch of rural poverty as he grew up, working his way through Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now known as Texas State University-San Marcos). Johnson learned compassion for the poverty of others when he taught students of Mexican descent. In Lyndon Johnson first years of office he obtained passage of one of the most extensive legislative programs in the nation’s history. First, he obtained enactment of the measures President Kennedy had been urging at the time of his death a new civil rights bill and a tax cut. Next, he urged the nation “to build a great society, place where the meaning of man’s life matches the marvels of man’s labor.” I 1964. Johnson won the presidency with 61 percent of the vote and had the widest popular margin in American history, more that 15,000,000 votes. The Great Society program became Johnson’s agenda for Congress in January 1965, aid to education, attack on disease, Medicare, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, a wide scale fight against poverty, control and prevention of crime and delinquency, removal of obstacles to the right to vote. Congress at times augmenting or amending, rapidly enacted Johnson’s recommendations. Millions of elderly people found succor through the 1965 Medicare amendment to the Social Security Act. Under Johnson, the country made spectacular explorations of space in a program he had championed since its start. When three astronauts successfully orbited the moon in December 1968, Johnson congratulated them: “You’ve taken all of us all over the world into a new era.” Nevertheless, two overriding crises had been gaining momentum since 1965. Despite the beginning of new antipoverty and anti-discrimination programs, unrest and rioting in black ghettos troubled the nation. President Johnson steadily exerted his influence against segregation and on behalf of law and order but there was no early solution. The other crisis arose from Viet Nam. Despite Johnson’s efforts to end Communist aggression and achieve a settlement, fighting continued. Controversy overt the war had become acute by the end of March 1968, when he limited the bombing of North Viet Nam in order to initiate negotiations.
Instead of Kennedy worrying about the failure of the Bay of Pigs, he had tension with the press extended to worries about invasion of his privacy. John F. Kennedy was increasingly worried disclosures detailing his much-rumored womanizing. Almost everyone in the media dealing with un-relative things in relation with society. Prior to Kennedy’s election to the presidency, the Eisenhower Administration created a plan to overthrow the Fidel Castro regime in Cuba. Central to such a plan, which was structured and detailed y the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) with minimal input from the United States Department of State, was the arming of a counter-revolutionary insurgency composed of anti-Castro Cubans. U.S. trained Cuban insurgents were to invade Cuba and instigate an uprising among the Cuban people in hopes of removing Castro from power. On April 17, 1961, Kennedy ordered the previously planned invasion of Cuba to proceed. With support from the CIA, in what is known as the Bay of Pigs Invasion, 1,500 U.S. trained Cuban exiles, called “Brigade 2506,” returned to the island in the hope of deposing Castro. However, Kennedy ordered the invasion to take place without U.S. Air support. By April 19, 1961, the Cuban government had captured or killed the invading exiles, and Kennedy was forced to negotiate for the release of the 1,189 survivors. The failure of the plan originated in a lack of dialog among the military leadership, a result of which was the complete lack of naval support in the face or organized artillery troops on the island who easily incapacitated the exile force as it landed on the beach. After twenty months, Cuba released the captured exiles in exchange for $53 million worth of food and medicine. Furthermore, the incident made Castro wary of the U.S. and led him to believe that another invasion would occur. The Cuban Missile Crisis began on October 14, 7962, when American U-2 spy planes took photographs of a Soviet intermediate-range ballistic missile site under construction in Cuba. The photos were shown to Kennedy on October 16, 19962. America would soon be posed with a serious nuclear threat. Kennedy faced a dilemma: if the U.S. attacked the sites, it might lead to nuclear war with the U.S.S.R., but if the U.S. did nothing, it would endure the threat of nuclear weapons being launched from close range. Another consideration was that the U.S. would appear to the world as weak in its own hemisphere. Many military officials and cabinet members pressed for an air assault on the missile sights, but Kennedy ordered a naval quarantine in which the U.S. Navy inspected all ships arriving in Cuba. He began negotiations with the Soviets and ordered the Soviets to remove all defensive material that was being built on Cuba. Without doing so, the Soviet and Cuban peoples would face naval quarantine. A week later, he and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev reached an agreement. Khrushchev agreed to remove the missiles subject to U.N. inspections if the U.S. publicly promised never to invade Cuba and quietly removed U.S. missiles stationed in Turkey. Following this crisis, which brought the world closer to nuclear war that at any point before or since, Kennedy was more cautious in confronting the Soviet Union?
A man is not shown by his fortune or his fame but a man is born when one can see his works. Overall, John F. Kennedy is just a man with money and happened to become president. John F. Kennedy was very unhealthy but people overshadowed that part of his life. His money and his good looks got him by. President Johnson got more accomplished after he took over presidency when John F. Kennedy was assassinated.