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The only president to be sworn in on Airforce One Lyndon Baines Johnson was the 36th president of our country that was sandwiched between two of the most known presidents of his time Despite Johnsons decisive actions to reform the country and continue the assassinated President Kennedys programs his incredible work is often forgotten somewhere between Lee Harvey Oswald and the Watergate Building Scandal Although he has received little credit for his accomplishments Johnson introduced Medicare a medical insurance program under the Great Society which was a social reform Lyndon Baines Johnson LBJ did many wonderful things for our country like introducing Medicare and the Great Society but many people disliked him for his actions concerning Vietnam Of LBJs many programs the Great Society was his most influential reforming remembered and successful Johnsons War on Poverty was a battle against whatever creates financial and social lower class and a focus on health and education Launched in 1964 after being mentioned in his State of the Union Address it had a dramatic impact Not more than a year after the program had begun the poverty line dropped dramatically By the end of Johnsons term the poverty line had dropped from 222 to 133 where it remains today It was under this project that he began the Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD He also opened the Job Corps - A more effective unemployment service and introduced food stamps Johnson was constantly stating that This program is a hand-up Not a hand-out He also knew that this program would offend the dignity of many lower class citizens Because of this he made super markets where food was sold at much lower prices so that all the needy could participate His civil rights act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination Medicare opened medical insurance to people that wouldnt normally be able to afford it and made it much more available to senior citizens In the education section
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