2020-01-20 17:24:28 UTC
Heinlein wrote the book "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress",
and my copy indicates a copyright of 1965, published 1966.
In my (?1987?) copy, on page 244,
'Prof looked shocked,, Sir, If nominated, I shall
repudiate it, if elected, I shall abdicate.'
For POTUS LBJ
on March 31, 1968, Lyndon B. Johnson appeared on national television.
His refusal to run again was, on some basic level, a recognition of
political reality. For all his legislative achievements (the Civil
Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Medicare and
Medicaid), LBJ had become the face of America’s divisions. To those on
the Right, Johnson had done too much, too quickly, overloading the
system with big-government programs that trampled on individual
liberties. Much of the Left viewed Johnson as the corrupt wheeler-dealer
who had lied America into the disastrous, bloody Vietnam quagmire.
LBJ announced, "Accordingly, I shall not seek, and I will not accept,
the nomination of my party for another term as your president."
Is there much similarity?
Or was it only in my mind, that there was a jump in memory from
the line in the book, to LBJ's announcement?