November 22, 1963. President John F. Kennedy has just been assassinated and Vice President Lyndon Baines Johnson is now President. One of his first acts as President is to reaffirm the US government's intention to pass the Civil Rights Act. This Act was drafted while JFK was in office and gives people of all races the same rights, including voting rights, access to education and access to public facilities. However, he faces strong opposition to the bill, especially from within his own party. He will have to use all his political will and cunning to get it through.
Politics is war.
Did You Know?
President Lyndon Baines Johnson
continued the FBI's wiretapping of Martin Luther King Jr. that was previously authorized by the Kennedy Administration of President John F. Kennedy
. As a result of listening to the FBI's tapes, remarks on King's extra-marital activities were made by several prominent officials, including Johnson, who once said that King was a "hypocritical preacher." See more
Many words and phrases used in this TV movie were not in the common vernacular in 1964, including "tarmac" (popularized by John le Carre in the 1970s), "cut to the chase," and "reach out" which is used these days as a poor substitute for "contact." See more
Lyndon B. Johnson
Everett, what's this bull-shit about how I treat my dog?
Lyndon B. Johnson
My dog, Little Beagle Johnson. Why are you bein' such a shit-heel with the press about me pullin' on his ears? Little sum bitch loves havin' his ears pulled. Hell, I thought you were running the Senate Republicans, not the ASPCA.
Written by Freddy Friday, Marilyn Schack, Allen Toussaint
, Alvin Tyler
(as Alvin O. Tyler)
Performed by Al Hirt
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing See more