Why Lyndon Johnson didn’t step down at his 1968 State of the Union.

Lyndon Johnson Tried to Shape His Legacy and Bring Peace. Things Didn’t Work Out as Planned.

Lyndon Johnson Tried to Shape His Legacy and Bring Peace. Things Didn’t Work Out as Planned.

Bite-sized stories from presidential campaign history.
Feb. 22 2018 7:19 AM

Retiring for Peace

On Jan. 17, 1968, Lyndon Johnson delivered his State of the Union and surprised his closest advisers when he didn’t step down.

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This episode travels back to Jan. 17, 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson delivered his State of the Union address and surprised his closest associates.

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.