Here’s what appears to be a no-brainer. Who was the better communicator – John F. Kennedy or Lyndon Baines Johnson?
It seems like no-contest. I can quote line after line from speeches by President Kennedy. I don’t think I can quote a single line from an LBJ speech. In fact, I think the line I know best from him is this line, from an address to the nation – not quite a “speech” in the traditional sense: “I shall not seek, and I will not accept…”
So, JFK – the better communicator? Right.
I’m not so sure. Maybe LBJ wins that contest. He just gave his “speeches” to one person at a time – over the telephone. Lyndon Johnson was the Grand Champion, Super Bowl Champion, Gold Medal winner phone communicator of all time.
He was charming, direct – he could be ruthless, unyielding – all over the phone. …
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