Thursday, May 22, 2008
Johnson Is Sworn (USA)
Lyndon Baines Johnson takes the presidential oath of office on 22 November 1963 as Air Force One carries his wife, Lady Bird, Jacqueline Kennedy -her stocking still stained with her husband's blood - and several White House aides back to Washington from Dallas.
Earlier, President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, and the speed with which this ceremony was arranged—and the photo released—was purposeful. Johnson and his advisers wanted to assure a shocked nation that the government was stable, the situation under control. Images from the Zapruder film of the shooting, which would raise so many questions, would not be made public for days.