Interview with Senator Ralph Yarborough
QUESTION 20
INTERVIEWER:

NOT JUST CIVIL RIGHTS BUT EVERYTHING.

Senator Ralph Yarborough:

Civil rights, he wasn't just limited to civil rights. That was one facet of it. And uh, he was determined to be the greatest American president. And that his heroes—he puts each president when he takes, sworn in, puts that great storehouse of photo, of paintings and all of the different presidents, American historical scenes, they have whole basements full—he pulled out the paintings, the best they had of Andrew Jackson and Franklin D. Roosevelt: his two heroes. Well you see each of them got to be heroes by being, international heroes by winning wars and having a progressive domestic program. He set his sights on that. But he picked the wrong thing when he picked the war in Vietnam.