DC Decoder In LBJ’s shadow, Obama honors civil rights legacy (+video)

President Obama praised President Johnson for his ability to charm and horse-trade in enacting a major civil rights law 50 years ago – skills where critics say Obama falls short.

By , Staff writer

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In a speech Thursday marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, President Obama honored the man who made the law – and his own presidency – possible, President Lyndon Baines Johnson.