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Lyndon B. Johnson

Lyndon B. Johnson
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George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 27 Aug 1908 - 22 Jan 1973
Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr., 27 May 1911 - 13 Jan 1978
Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., 5 Jul 1902 - 27 Feb 1985
George Wildman Ball, 21 Dec 1909 - 26 May 1994
David Dean Rusk, 9 Feb 1909 - 22 Dec 1994
Robert Strange McNamara, 9 Jun 1916 - 6 Jul 2009
Bill Moyers, born 1934
Gelatin silver print
Image/Sheet: 18.1 x 25.4cm (7 1/8 x 10")
Mat: 35.6 x 45.7cm (14 x 18")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
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© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
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At a critical juncture in the Vietnam War, President Lyndon Johnson summoned the U.S. ambassador in Saigon, Henry Cabot Lodge, to discuss the status of South Vietnam's government. Lodge is seated directly across from Johnson, who is flanked by Secretary of State Dean Rusk (left) and Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara. On Lodge's right, in the foreground, is Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The subject of debate was South Vietnam's use of force to control certain provinces, which undercut American plans for democratic elections. Lodge declared, "Damn the torpedoes! The hell with it. Even if we haven't got a government in Saigon, let's keep going." LBJ agreed, saying that even if democracy in South Vietnam were delayed, the U.S. could not allow Communist North Vietnam to defeat the South.
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