The people who are going to be crushed by this are the little guys--the little guy down in my district, say, who makes $21.50 a week driving a truck and has a decent house to live in now, cheap, because of Mr. Roosevelt. . . .
-- Lyndon B. Johnson, as quoted in the New York Times of April 12, 1945, on the death
of Franklin D. Roosevelt
My feelings are well known in my district and in Washington. And Harry Truman knows I am against him on this program. I just don't think Congress should try to cram his program down the throats of Southern states. . . .
-- Lyndon B. Johnson in a 1948 campaign
statement on the Truman civil rights
Economist John Kenneth Galbraith, then the young deputy administrator of the Office of Price Administration, first met young Congressman Lyndon B. Johnson in Washington in 1941 and quickly identified him--along with California's Jerry Voorhis*--as one of the two young liberal Democrats in the House, now that "Old Dr. New Deal" had given way to "Dr. Win the War," in Franklin Roosevelt's phrase.
Johnson's dependability as a Roosevelt man was vividly demonstrated on December 13, 1943, when the House passed a bill that had the effect of raising the wartime price ceiling on petroleum by thirty- five cents a barrel. From oil-rich Texas, only two Congressmen--Johnson and Wright Patman, an old-fashioned Populist--voted against the bill. All fifteen other members of the Texas delegation recorded on the____________________