The video shows excerpts from two of LBJ's speeches. The first was
his message to Congress following the JFK assassination and the
second his Voting Rights Act Speech. Sorenson worked on the first
one; Richard Goodwin was chiefly responsible for the second one. The
Voting Rights Act speech is often cited as Johnson's best speech. As
has been noted, LBJ was adept at one-to-one persuasion, but not a
particularly good public speaker. (This is ironic considering he was
one of only two former speech teachers to serve as president. Anyone
know the other one?) Nonetheless, these two speeches are highly
Other important speeches of LBJ would include his "War on Poverty"
State of the Union Address on Jan. 8, 1964; the "Great Society"
speech given at the University of Michigan commencement on May 22,
1964; and his pronouncements on Vietnam, such as a TV address on the
Gulf of Tonkin in August of 1964, his speech at Johns Hopkins
University in April of 1965, and his "Nervous Nellies" speech at a
Democratic Party dinner in Chicago in May of 1966.