Let me be clear. This article is my opinion. It is based on research into both the JFK assassination and Lyndon B. Johnson’s lifelong obsession with becoming president. This writer has researched LBJ’s entire life and concludes that either 1) JFK’s death was EXTREMELY fortuitous and timely for LBJ, or 2) LBJ arranged the assassination.
Since Lyndon Baines Johnson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives (1936) he had his sights on becoming president, by hook or by crook, before age 60. He literally sacrificed and sacrificed and sacrificed for decades to reach the White House.
OBSESSED WITH POWER & CONTROL
Beginning as a toddler (literally) adults & children noticed that little Lyndon HAD TO be the boss, HAD TO be in control of everything. If he could not be the boss of whatever game he was playing with other children, he would go home. This trait continued his ENTIRE life.
TWICE WHILE CAMPAIGNING, JOHNSON ALMOST DIED
During his 1936 campaign for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from his home state, Texas, Johnson endured gut-wrenching pain FOR WEEKS. At times he could barely standup. He became thinner & thinner, paler & paler. His aides told him he MUST see a doctor. “No time,” he said. He thought even taking time out for a doctor’s appointment might cost him the election.
The very night he was elected, he went to the hospital where doctors discovered that his appendix was about to burst. Allow me to point out that, before antibiotics were developed in the 1940s, a burst appendix was guaranteed to put you in a pine box because it spread infection throughout your abdomen.
During his campaign to be a U.S. Senator from Texas (1948) Johnson had a severe re-occurrence of kidney stones. He knew what was causing the pain, which had plagued him for years. He also knew that, if he did not have surgery, it would develop into kidney failure and he would die.
Johnson also knew that the surgery necessary (in the days before micro-surgery and laser surgery) would require about two months of bedrest. THAT would end his Senate campaign and his dream of becoming president before age 60.
After weeks of excruciating pain, sweats and fever, his traveling aide and Lady Bird tricked him into seeing a doctor. He refused surgery but did finally agree to being transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for an experimental procedure. There, doctors repeatedly tried a new procedure to remove the kidney stones without surgery. On the third try, it worked! LBJ immediately flew back to Texas and resumed campaigning.
MIMICKED FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT
Johnson became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives during Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second term. He saw Roosevelt’s popularity with Americans, so he latched onto him in numerous ways to portray the image that he was FDR’s “golden boy.” And it worked quite well.
He would come up with ways he could get into the same photo with FDR. He obsequiously asked FDR for advice, and fawned all over him. Because Roosevelt was referred to by his initials, Johnson started insisting that everyone refer to him as LBJ. Both the Johnson children, as well as Mrs. Johnson have the same “LBJ” initials.
By the time FDR passed away (in 1945 at the beginning of his fourth term), Johnson had insinuated himself into FDR’s presidency in numerous ways.
LBJ TRANSFORMED THE SENATE
Lyndon B. Johnson, whose accomplices literally “stuffed the ballot box” with faux votes to get him elected to the U.S. Senate in 1948, transformed it from a body who drafted very few bills and accomplished virtually nothing other than preventing and thwarting the president’s plans, into a political powerhouse. He did it through subterfuge.
Prior to Johnson’s arrival in the Senate in January 1949, the majority leader had little power. No senator wanted to assume the role of majority leader, so they usually had to be drafted. Due to lack of power & authority, other senators ignored the majority leader.
Johnson VOLUNTEERED for the job of Senate Majority Leader, and transformed it into something of a Senate Dictatorship. Through stealth and subterfuge, he maneuvered himself into power & control over the flow of legislation, which gave him power & control over all other senators, especially Democrats.
Johnson saw how popular GOP president, Dwight Eisenhower, was with Americans. Therefore, he maneuvered to pit Senate Democrats against the president so he could “save the day” as Senate Majority Leader, and thereby get public recognition.
JOHNSON ALWAYS “KNEW” HE WOULD DIE BEFORE AGE 60
All the men on Johnson’s father’s side of the family developed heart problems and died rather young of heart attacks. Johnson’s father, who was the spitting image of LBJ, had his first heart attack at age 50. He died of a heart attack just days after his 60th birthday.
Johnson’s uncle died at age 57 from a massive heart attack. Another uncle lived to age 71, but spent his final six years as an invalid due to heart disease.
In 1955, when he was in the Senate, LBJ suffered a massive heart attack. He was only 46 years of age. He recuperated and continued his Senate duties, but he knew his time on earth was short. He ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 1956.
LBJ BECAME DEMOCRAT V.P. NOMINEE BY ACCIDENT
Johnson ran again for the Democratic nomination for president in 1960, and suffered a humiliating loss to John F. Kennedy. Johnson had a lot of support in southern states, so Kennedy asked him to be his running mate, never expecting him to accept (because LBJ’s ego was too big to willingly become Number #2).
Kennedy was merely making a gesture to appease the Southern Democrats, and was shocked when Johnson accepted. Once he was elected, Kennedy did not need Johnson, did not want Johnson around, and intentionally excluded him from most important meetings or decisions.
LBJ WAS TRAPPED WITH NO POWER
The U.S. Constitution gives a vice president very little authority. His only Constitutional duty is to break any tie votes that occur in the Senate, which does not happen often. THAT is the sum total of vice presidential duties. Additional duties and powers ONLY come from the president. Some presidents assign many duties to their VPs, some don’t.
Basically, the VP is merely the president-in-waiting if the sitting president dies. Prior to accepting the VP nomination, Johnson researched how many VPs had become president due to the death of the sitting president and discovered that seven presidents (out of 33) had died in office, putting their vice presidents in the White House. That is better than 4 to 1 odds. This historical fact entered into Johnson’s decision to accept Kennedy’s offer to be his vice president.
Johnson accepted the nomination for VP because he hoped the sickly Kennedy would die soon. Kennedy, age 43 when he was elected, had been given the last rites of the Catholic Church THREE times in his twenties & thirties because doctors expected him to die.
JFK GAVE LBJ VERY FEW DUTIES
Johnson manipulated and maneuvered and almost begged Kennedy to give him some power. He had given up his ironclad control over the Senate to become the powerless vice president. AND HE HATED IT!
Eight years older than Kennedy, Johnson was jealous of and dismissive of him when they were both in the Senate. Johnson saw himself as the “master” of the Senate and saw Kennedy, who was elected senator four years AFTER Johnson, as an ineffective, lazy, playboy Senator. [Many, many senators saw Kennedy the same way.]
Kennedy never gave any authority to Johnson because he considered Johnson to be a power-hungry political threat. Behind his back, Kennedy aides called Johnson “Rufus Cornpone,” because he was an unsophisticated, ill-mannered, relatively uneducated, clumsy Southerner. Indeed, certain aides were assigned to placate & humor Johnson as best they could in order to keep him away from Kennedy.
LBJ CAME TO LOATHE JFK
As 1961 became 1962, and 1962 became 1963, Johnson grew more and more frustrated with his lack of power and authority. And he grew to despise Kennedy.
As 1963 was drawing to a close, Kennedy was talking about his re-election campaign in 1964 and would most certainly get the Democratic nomination over Johnson. KENNEDY WAS ALSO TALKING ABOUT GETTING RID OF JOHNSON. He even had a certain senator in mind for his running mate.
WITH A BAD HEART, JOHNSON WAS RUNNING OUT OF TIME
Johnson worried that his heart would not last until the 1968 election. After all, he would be 59 by then. He died January 22, 1973, at age 64, four years and two days after he left office. Yes, he died from heart failure.
DALLAS, TEXAS, NOVEMBER 22, 1963
JFK, LBJ and their wives flew to Texas on something of an early campaign visit, to shore up Kennedy’s popularity with Southerners. They were well received, and apparently thoroughly enjoying themselves until 12:30PM Central Standard Time.
Shots rang out as Kennedy, the First Lady, the Texas governor and the governor’s wife were riding in an open-air convertible on a sunny day in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. LBJ and his wife were riding in another car, trailing the motorcade, as was customary for security reasons.
Kennedy was first struck in his neck by a bullet, which doctors believe he would have survived. Seconds later another bullet tore off part of his skull. President Kennedy was alive when he arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead at 1:00PM. He was 46 years old.
LEE HARVEY OSWALD IS ARRESTED, THEN ASSASSINATED
Lee Harvey Oswald, who worked in a building just yards from where JFK was shot, was arrested for the murder. Two days later, and before he had said much to police other than “I didn’t do it,” Oswald was assassinated by Jack Ruby outside the police department.
Oswald was being transferred by a number of policemen and they allowed Ruby to get just feet from Oswald. Americans across the nation watched on live TV as Ruby fatally shot Oswald in the stomach. Was this police incompetence or a set up?
JOHNSON ACCOMPLISHED HIS LIFELONG DREAM
Barely an hour after the doctors pronounced President Kennedy dead, Johnson is sworn in as America’s 36th president, ironically by a federal judge that he did NOT want appointed to the bench. Johnson had promised the appointment to a more powerful Texan. This underscored how little power V.P. Johnson had and made him furious.
FIRST LADY JACKIE KENNEDY BELIEVED LBJ KILLED HER HUSBAND
President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy had two children, John Jr. (1960-1999) and Caroline. Caroline has possession of audio tapes wherein her mother, former First Lady Jackie Kennedy (1929-1994), said she believed Johnson arranged with several Texas tycoons to have her husband assassinated.
Caroline recently entered into an agreement with ABC Network to allow them to broadcast these tapes.
If Oswald was really acting alone, why was it necessary to kill him? This writer believes Oswald was murdered to keep him quiet, to prevent him from telling authorities the “why, what, where, when & how” of this assassination.
At age 24 Oswald had failed in everything he had tried to do. He was not very bright and was unlikely to be able to put together this assassination without help. Oswald had no history of mental problems or violence. Moreover, what did Oswald have to gain from JFK’s death? Did someone pay him to shoot Kennedy? Or, was he just a convenient patsy?
There was speculation that Cuba was involved because Oswald visited the Cuban Embassy just weeks before the assassination. There was speculation that the American Mafia was involved because Ruby was allegedly a member of the Dallas Mafia.
All these connections are possible both with or without Johnson’s involvement, but Johnson had the most to gain from Kennedy’s death, by far.
With last month’s release of classified documents about the assassination, perhaps Americans will finally learn the WHOLE story.