Friday, August 24, 2012
RFK Vs. LBJ: An Administration of Rivals
Looking back on it now it might of been a mistake for Lyndon Johnson who at the time in 1960, was the Leader of the Senate. Probably the most powerful person in Congress, to take the Vice Presidential Nomination from then Senator Jack Kennedy or have taken it under the conditions that he did. President Kennedy completely undervalued Vice President Johnson and pretty much treated him as nothing more them an emergency QB, someone who fills in when the President is unable to. And essentially gave the powers and responsibilities of today's Vice Presidents, to his brother the Attorney General Bobby Kennedy. Who was the 2nd most powerful member on the Kennedy Administration, even though his official power was much lower then that as Attorney General. What LBJ should've done is that I'll be your Vice President but under certain conditions. That it will be a real job, with real responsibility and authority, with my own offices and staff, that they work in coordination with yours. That I'm in on every Executive Meeting and have access to all the relevant information that you have. Which is similar to what Vice President Richard Nixon had under President Eisenhower and what every Vice President since Walter Mondale has had since.
I basically put more of the blame of the LBJ-RFK Rivalry on Bobby Kennedy, because of how he treated LBJ, when LBJ was Vice President. Treating him like an animal, a threat that LBJ is not really one of us and that he speaks for himself and not the Kennedy Administration. And a lot of what LBJ did to and said about RFK, was out of anger and the disrespect that RFK gave LBJ but neither man was innocent in this. They both had wrong impressions of each other and treated each other based on that.