President Lyndon Johnson responded to Hurricane Betsy and began a new tradition.

When Did Presidents Become Responders in Chief?

When Did Presidents Become Responders in Chief?

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Oct. 5 2017 10:30 AM

Responder in Chief

On Sept. 10, 1965, President Johnson established a new norm.


This episode of Whistlestop revisits Sept. 10, 1965, when President Lyndon Johnson established the norm of serving as both president and “responder in chief.”

Whistlestop is Slates podcast about presidential history. Hosted by Political Gabfest panelist John Dickerson, each installment will revisit memorable moments from America's presidential carnival.


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Podcast production by Jocelyn Frank. Research by Brian Rosenwald.

John Dickerson is a co-anchor of CBS This Morning, co-host of the Slate Political Gabfest, host of the Whistlestop podcast, and author of Whistlestop and On Her Trail.