1966 Photo Contest, General News, 1st prize

John Rous

01 January, 1966

U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey. In a subtle way, John Rous, has captured the complex relationship between Lyndon Johnson and Hubert Humphrey, which was acknowledged publicly at the time and has been described as one of 'domination and subordination'. When they both served in the U.S. Senate, Humphrey had been Johnson's protégé, and his go-between Johnson's more conservative faction in the Democratic Party and the party's liberal wing. During their term in office, their relationship became one of the most mutually frustrating presidential-vice-presidential relationships in history. Johnson famously manipulated Humphrey by alternately favouring and punishing him. In 1966, when asked by The New York Times whether he favored the renomination of Vice President Humphrey in 1968, Johnson left the question remarkably unanswered.

About the photographer

John Rous

John Rous (Meridian, Mississippi 1912-Lynchburg, Virginia, 1995) was a White House photographer for The Associated Press (AP), who photographed six presidents during three decade...

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