Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Quoted in Fawn Brodie, Richard Nixon: The Shaping of His Character, ch. 25 (1983).
In reply to a reporter who had questioned him on his embracing Richard Nixon on Nixon's return from his vice presidential tour of South America, where he had stood up to being mobbed by an angry crowd in Caracas, Venezuela, May 1958. Johnson had previously referred to Nixon as "chicken shit." Reactions to the incident were not all favorable: Walter Lippmann called the tour "a diplomatic Pearl Harbor" and the Boston Globe said it was "one of the most ineptly handled episodes in this country's foreign relations."