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Lyndon Johnson and Theodore Green

Lyndon Johnson and Theodore Green
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Artist
George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Sitter
Lyndon Baines Johnson, 27 Aug 1908 - 22 Jan 1973
Theodore Francis Green, 2 Oct 1867 - 19 May 1966
Date
1957
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 33.4cm x 25.4cm (13 1/8" x 10")
Mount: 50.7cm x 40.5cm (19 15/16" x 15 15/16")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
Object number
NPG.94.185
Exhibition Label
In 1957, George Tames photographed Texas Senator Lyndon B. Johnson (left) as he pressured Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Rhode Island Senator Theodore Green (right), into accepting President Eisenhower’s Mideast plan. The resulting eight photographs, which are now in the museum’s collection, resemble stills on a cinematic reel.
Tames captured a towering Johnson encroaching on Green’s space and Green’s reaction as he pulled away from Johnson, and leaned back on the edge of the desk. In this photograph, Johnson even touches Green’s lapel, likely not letting the latter get a word in edgewise. Johnson was known to cajole, threaten, and intimidate, both through his words and the physicality of his speech. Through his “Johnson Treatment,” he was able to push through legislation as Senate Majority Leader and, later, as President.
En 1957, George Tames retrató a Lyndon B. Johnson (izquierda), senador de Texas, mientras presionaba a Theodore Green (derecha), senador de Rhode Island y presidente de la Comisión de Relaciones Exteriores del Senado, para que aceptara el plan del presidente Eisenhower sobre el Medio Oriente. Las ocho fotos de ese momento, ahora en la colección del museo, parecen fotogramas de una película.
Tames capta al imponente Johnson invadiendo el espacio de Green y la reacción de este, quien se aparta y se apoya contra el escritorio. Johnson incluso toca la solapa de Green y posiblemente no lo ha dejado hablar. Johnson solía persuadir, amenazar e intimidar lo mismo con sus palabras que con su lenguaje físico. Con este “tratamiento” logró empujar piezas legislativas como líder de la mayoría en el Senado y luego como presidente del país.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington