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LBJ identified with Abraham Lincoln

I was intrigued, when reading a book of transcripts of President Johnson’s private telephone calls, to see him allude to the Civil War-era joint committee on the conduct of the war. “We almost got a Civil War Congress again,” he told former President Eisenhower in July 1965, “with all of them telling every day what ...

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I was intrigued, when reading a book of transcripts of President Johnson's private telephone calls, to see him allude to the Civil War-era joint committee on the conduct of the war.

"We almost got a Civil War Congress again," he told former President Eisenhower in July 1965, "with all of them telling every day what ought to be done."

I was intrigued, when reading a book of transcripts of President Johnson’s private telephone calls, to see him allude to the Civil War-era joint committee on the conduct of the war.

“We almost got a Civil War Congress again,” he told former President Eisenhower in July 1965, “with all of them telling every day what ought to be done.”

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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