I think a fair assessment would be that there was a big sigh of relief when Johnson departed the Senate. Kennedy cultivated a smooth, sophisticated and self-deprecating image, while Johnson often appeared boorish, bullying and boastful. Although Kennedy's choice for the second spot on the ticket dismayed his liberal supporters, the candidate recognized that Johnson could help him carry Texas and the South and that he would undoubtedly be easier to deal with as vice president than as majority leader.

Kennedy's offer of the vice-presidential nomination to Lyndon B. Neither man particularly liked the other, and their styles contrasted starkly. Senate, Johnson, as majority leader, for years had stood second only to the president of the United States in power and influence, whereas Kennedy was an unimpressive back bencher.

but he was so strong, and so difficult, and so tough, that it was a relief to get him over to the vice president's office. Smathers The only thing that astonished politicians and the press more than John F.

Johnson's reasons for accepting were more enigmatic, for he was trading a powerful job for a powerless one.

From Farm to Congress Johnson reached the dubious pinnacle of the vice-presidency after a remarkable climb to power in Washington.

It started on a farm near Stonewall, Texas, where he was born on August 27, 1908, the son of the Texas politico, Sam Ealy Johnson, and his refined and demanding wife, Rebecca Baines Johnson.

Sam Ealy Johnson served six terms in the Texas House of Representatives, faithfully supporting the interests of his constituents, until his various real estate, insurance brokering, and ranching ventures began to drag him into debt.