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Overall Rating of the President The assassination of President Kennedy elevated Lyndon Johnson to the White House where he quickly proved a masterful reassuring leader in the realm of domestic affairs His main achievements shone through on his stand against the injustice directed towards minorities and through his Great Society policy However his decision to become involved in Vietnam would dominate not only his entire foreign policy but overshadow his ambitious domestic programs Vietnam only led to disaster for America and Lyndon Johnsons political career America began anti-war protests they had a feeling of mistrust in the government constitutionality during war efforts was in jeopardy and worst of all young American men were dying in significant numbers Johnsons efforts to get America out of war came too late making a peaceable retreat unattainable One issue above all that would test Johnsons ability to forge consensus would be the issue of civil rights Johnson was especially skillful in securing a strong Civil Rights Act in 1964 In the years to come it proved to be a vital source of legal authority against racial and sexual discrimination He also passed a Voting Rights Act which gave the blacks in the South more power than ever to enact some changes of their own However racial tension began to sharpen culminating in widespread urban race riots between 1965 and 1968 But President Johnson did try to stand firm by making nationwide speeches to denounce the injustice that was occurring He did more than any other President since Abraham Lincoln for the black community Johnsons triumph in 1964 gave him a mandate for the Great Society as he called his domestic program Congress responded by passing the Medicare program which provided health services to the elderly approving federal aid to elementary and secondary education supplementing the War on Poverty and creating the Department of Housing and Urban Development The Great Society was able to primarily ameliorate
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