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“Sure Thought I Had Better Leadership”


Photo credit: Yoichi Okamoto

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President Johnson berated House Education and Labor Committee chair Adam Clayton Powell Jr. [D–New York] for his failure to advance the elementary and secondary education bill through his committee. Frustrated by Powell’s attempt to gain funding for other priorities as a price for reporting the education bill, Johnson dismissed Powell’s concern about an education clause in the administration’s Appalachia bill.


March 1, 1965
Oval Office

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