NEW YORK — In the new Broadway play "All the Way," President Lyndon B. Johnson, played by Bryan Cranston, takes a break from wrangling votes for what would become the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to reflect on the trying nature of politics.
Facing mounting pressure from the Southern faction of his party and civil rights leaders like the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Johnson vents his frustrations to the audience.
"Everybody wants power; everybody," he says. "And if they say they don't, they're lyin'. But everybody thinks it ought to be given out free of charge. ... Nothin' comes free. Nothin'. Not even 'good.' Especially not 'good.'"