Saturday 20 January 2018

Forget about JFK, it's LBJ who was the real deal

But Irish people are happy to live with the saccharine take on the Kennedy era, writes John-Paul McCarthy

TEXAN TITAN: Lyndon B Johnson takes the US presidential oath of office as Jacqueline Kennedy looks on. Photo: Reuters
TEXAN TITAN: Lyndon B Johnson takes the US presidential oath of office as Jacqueline Kennedy looks on. Photo: Reuters
President John F Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy in 1961
John F Kennedy
John F Kennedy in 1962.

John-Paul McCarthy

By now many of you are bored by elections. But if he were alive Lyndon Baines Johnson would have crossed the Atlantic to canvass just to keep his hand in. Because he lived and breathed politics.

Luckily for African Americans he was much better at politics than the Irish-American Kennedy brothers who got all the credit for his work.

But of course that's not a narrative we hear much of in Kennedy-loving Ireland, happy to live with the Ryan Tubridy saccharine take on Camelot in his JFK in Ireland.

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