He will need, as well as his brave essay in thought-out leadership, sometimes the intuitive personal flair of Roosevelt, sometimes the warm downright sense of Truman and, often, the patient humility of Lincoln. Then, indeed, many hopes may be fulfilled.
The Economist, January 21, 1961, on the inauguration of President Kennedy.
JOHN KENNEDY has gone Lincoln's way to the end, and the many hopes now rest upon Lyndon Johnson. The world’s lament in the last week has done more than make a unique obituary. It has not only proclaimed, more plainly and more universally than ever before, the need for American leadership; it has spelt out vividly as well the kind of leadership that is looked for. President Kennedy’s memorial is President Johnson's task. “To do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations": the words are Abraham Lincoln's, the duty Lyndon Johnson’s now. On Wednesday before Congress, where he has spent a generation, the new President pledged himself, simply, to do it.
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