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Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson

Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson
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Pierre De Bausset
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 27 Aug 1908 - 22 Jan 1973
Lady Bird Johnson, 22 Dec 1912 - 11 Jul 2007
Gelatin silver print
Image: 22.7 x 33.5 cm (8 15/16 x 13 3/16")
Sheet: 28 x 35.4 cm (11 x 13 15/16")
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By March of 1968, Americans were seriously questioning the wisdom of further escalation in the Vietnam War. Seemingly, every week military casualties were reported to be in the hundreds, and protest marches had become common occurrences in cities and on college campuses. In a now historic address, on March 31, 1968, President Johnson shocked the nation with news that his administration would pursue a negotiated peace with the North Vietnamese and that he would not be a candidate for reelection.
This photograph shows the president and first lady sitting in the Oval Office while watching a taped replay of the speech.
Ya en marzo de 1968 los estadounidenses cuestiona- ban seriamente si era sensato intensificar la guerra de Vietnam. Al parecer, cada semana las bajas mili- tares reportadas llegaban al centenar y las marchas de protesta eran cosa común en las ciudades y los recintos universitarios. En un discurso ahora histórico, el 31 de marzo de 1968, el presidente Johnson conmocionó al país con la noticia de que su adminis- tración buscaría negociar la paz con Vietnam del Norte y que él no se postularía para la reelección.
En esta fotografía, el presidente y la primera dama están sentados en el despacho oval, mirando una videocinta del discurso.
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