This Presidents Day we revisit Dave Davies’ interview with Robert Caro, author of the biography The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Passage of Power. Here he explains the contentious relationship between Johnson and Robert Kennedy:
"The crucial thing with Lyndon Johnson and the Kennedys was his relationship with Robert Kennedy. There was a real hatred there. You know, as a writer you hate certain words because they sound too loaded, and one of them is ‘hate.’ But hate isn’t too strong of a word to describe the relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Robert Kennedy. So, when Johnson is Jack Kennedy’s vice president — which is a powerless position — Robert Kennedy makes sure that he doesn’t have any power and, in fact, he systematically sets out to humiliate Johnson and does during the three years of his vice presidency. … And [Johnson’s] really reduced for three years to being a powerless figure, a ridiculed figure. You know, they used to call him — the Kennedys mocked him — they called him ‘Rufus Corn Pone’ or ‘Uncle Corn Pone.’ They even had a nickname for him and Lady Bird. They said, ‘Uncle Corn Pone and his little pork chop.’ "
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