Original anti Vietnam war poster from the Netherlands made in 1967. The text on the posters reads:” Johnson War Criminal”.
President Johnson had inherited the conflict in Vietnam from John F. Kennedy, but under LBJ’s presidency, the conflict would derail into open warfare and intensified.
The cost of the war was causing the American economy to decline in the late 1960s and preventing LBJ from realizing his Great Society in the way he wanted. The war led to a lot of opposition, also within his own party. Before the 1968 presidential election, Johnson found a formidable competitor in Senator Robert F. Kennedy. On March 31, 1968, Johnson held a live televised press conference in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago, in which he announced that he was not running for re-election. He left the White House on January 20, 1969. Johnson’s successor Nixon promised an honorable end to the Vietnam War. But he didn’t.