How successful was the presidency of JFK compared to that of LBJ?
Both Johnson and Kennedy were experienced and determined presidents of the USA. They both
came from a wealthy background and had ambitious approaches of ruling America. Kennedy was
president before Johnson, and Kennedy’s assassination led to Johnson’s presidency. Equally both LBJ
and JFK had many supporters but people who equally disapproved of what they stood for. Many
things effected both of their presidency’s – Kennedys assassination and his quick rule to power
affected Johnson and the troubles Kennedy faced being president affect himself. Overall both
presidents ran America greatly but different.
In 1960 John F Kennedy became the 35th President of the United States of America; his policy was
The New Frontier. His main aims were to eliminate poverty, inequality and deprivation. Although
these were Kennedys mains goals it wasn’t easy he had many things/problems at the time reducing
or not allowing him to complete the goals he had. The USAs problems during the 1960s included the
decline of towns due to unemployment, poverty and increased crime, civil rights matters and the
USAs involvement in the Vietnam War. Although Kennedy wouldn’t allow this to stop him, Kennedy
was ambitious and intended to introduce changed to society and the economy. He wanted to
introduce a new health system called Medicare, medical help for the elderly and a Civil Rights Bill.
That wasn’t all; Kennedy aimed to introduce an education law to give more money to schools.
Kennedy increased benefits, raised the minimum wage and established training schemes for the
unemployed – this benefited America and American people. It also led to many people liking the
new President more, increasing his popularity. Although JFK had charisma he never had a good
relationship with Congress which meant his ideas were nearly all the time rejected. This never
knocked JFK, he was determined to achieve what he wanted and...