Lyndon Baines Johnson

The President

LBJ was born in Texas in 1908 and worked as a school teacher before entering politics. In 1937 he got elected to Congress as a New Deal Democrat. Notorious for a dirty (and failed) Senate run in 1941, he joined the military during World War II.

Though he requested combat duty, he was valued more as a political observer in the Pacific Theater. He has the distinction of receiving, quite possibly, the least-merited Silver Star in the history of US combat. Despite that, his reports on conditions at the front and his ruthless taste for streamlining bureaucracy had a powerful positive effect on the war on Japan.

After the war he cheated his way to a Democratic nomination for Senate, which he won in 1948, quickly becoming a party leader. He was whip from 1951 to 1953 and Senate Majority Leader during the passage of the 1957 Civil Rights Act.

During his Senate tenure he became notorious for “The Treatment”—a sort of high-pressure persuasion tactic that involved speed, intensity and a stunningly broad gamut of emotional expression crammed into a short span of time. Already his powers of persuasion were remarkable at a personal level, something that would be multiplied many times after exposure to Amanda Sykes.

He became John F. Kennedy’s Vice President in 1960, despite the disdain of many of Kennedy’s Ivy League advisors. (Reputedly, Robert Kennedy called him “Uncle Cornpone” behind his back.) When JFK was assassinated in 1963, LBJ served out the rest of Kennedy’s term before crushing Barry Goldwater in the ‘64 election and pushing an ambitious civil rights agenda. He was also a firm believer in the Domino Theory and, consequently, drastically deepened the US involvement in Vietnam. In 1967 he put Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court and in 1968 he met Amanda Sykes.

Lineage: Amanda Sykes
Power Level: Tier Two
Offspring: Brenda Harkness, J. Edgar Hoover, Robert F. Kennedy, Bryson Maas-Thierry, George McGovern, and four other presidential aides.

Personality: Forceful but friendly, Johnson firmly believes that he’s on the side of the angels, which makes it OK for him to work all the angles.

Values: The United States, The Democratic Party, His Personal Authority, Fairness and Justice

Known Powers

  • LBJ's persuasive abilities are enhanced through Hypercharm, Hypercommand, and Hyperempathy.
  • He also is Untouchable from anyone who tries to intentionally harm him.
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