Publish Date: Aug. 6, 1965
Cover Story: Mover of Men
How TIME Covered the News: It was a notable juxtaposition – just as President Lyndon B. Johnson was grappling with the Vietnam War by sending in a surge of U.S. troops, he was also steering an ambitious domestic agenda, proposing a sweeping set of “Great Society” social reforms.
“So possessed is he by his vision of building a better life for every American that at times he seems ready to scoop up the country in his bare hands and mold it to suit him. In his domestic program, the present is already the past, and Johnson is looking forward to greater achievements in the future. No fewer than a dozen presidential task forces are laboring to come up with creative ideas and constructive approaches to such American problems as transportation, water pollution, education and urban affairs.”