Testaments: Lyndon B. Johnson

johnson.gifThis week, John Peeler presents “Testaments,” a series of poems that take the form of valedictory statements by each of the postwar presidents, in the poetic manner of Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Sweet irony!
Bobby and the liberal crowd?
I strong-armed through
the liberal laws they couldn’t pass.
They hated me; I showed them up.
A damned great President I’d have been
but for that god-damned war.

Published by the LA Progressive on October 28, 2008
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About John Peeler

John Peeler is a retired professor of political science at Bucknell University, specializing in Latin American and international affairs. His op-ed essays have appeared in The Christian Science Monitor and USA Today, as well as many in local papers in central Pennsylvania where he lives. He has had letters published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post.

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