It was John F. Kennedy, of course, who issued the call, but no one did more than L.B.J. to commit the U.S. to landing men on the moon and returning them safely to earth.
In American Dialogue, Jeff Shesol writes, the historian Joseph J. Ellis “draws connections between our history and our present reality with an authority that few other authors can muster.”
Jeff tells the story of RFK’s speech — “a prayer, a quiet plea for a shared understanding.”
Jeff live-blogged the State of the Union. His real-time verdict? “It was the sort of speech that sends a person into a fallout shelter alone with his tax cut and his Second Amendment rights.”
The question on many Americans’ minds today is not “What is the state of our union?” but “What is the state of the President’s mental health?”
Jeff reviews Laurence O’Donnell’s Playing With Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics.
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