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Presidents celebrate Civil Rights Act, LBJ and 'lost causes'
Presidents celebrate Civil Rights Act, LBJ and 'lost causes'

AUSTIN, Texas — President Obama lauded Lyndon B. Johnson on Thursday and offered lofty reflections on the importance of taking political risks to advance causes like the 1964 Civil Rights Act, but steered clear of any political references to his own battles. Speaking at the Johnson library here, Obama paid tribute to the Texas Democrat and recalled that Johnson's advisors had warned him against risking too much political capital for the landmark legislation. "One particularly bold aide said he did not believe a president should spend his time and power on lost causes, however worthy they might be," Obama said. "To which, it is said, President Johnson replied, 'Well, what the hell's the...

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