At 9 p.m. on March 31, President Lyndon B. Johnson addressed the American people about the status of the Vietnam War. But at the end of the speech, he shocked Americans by announcing his decision to not seek reelection. The president, who had succeeded Kennedy, said: "I shall not seek, nor will I accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your president." Writing 40 years later, LBJ's former chief of staff said both the president's desire to enjoy his life and family and the toll of the Vietnam War influenced his decision to step down.
LBJ Bows Out
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