November 3, 1964: LBJ won big, but it faded quickly

On this day in 1964, Americans voted for president.  It was our first election in the U.S., and I recall watching the results with my father on television.  My father always said President Johnson would be elected but told me to keep an open mind to what Senator Goldwater was saying. At the end of the night, the results were a landslide for President Lyndon Johnson, who had succeeded President Kennedy the year before. The numbers went like this: LBJ got 61% of the popular vote and 486 electoral votes! In a couple of years, the great landslide of 1964 fell apart because of Vietnam.  LBJ avoided the subject of Vietnam in 1964.  In fact, he promised not to send troops. Senator Goldwater, on the other hand, called for a decisive victory.  At one point, he said something about using atomic weapons to defoliate the jungle covering the Ho Chi Minh Trail.  In retrospect, I wonder how many of the 58,000...(Read Full Post)
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