LBJ on Nixon

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Thu Nov 10 16:10:50 UTC 2005

I recall reading somewhere many years ago that Lyndon Johnson had said
that Nixon had done to the Presidency what pantyhose had done to

There is more truth than poetry in that statement, and it's worthy of
Fred's book.


George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998, but nothing much lately.

----- Original Message -----
From: Fred Shapiro <fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU>
Date: Thursday, November 10, 2005 9:48 am
Subject: Proverb Question

> The earliest occurrence I have found for the proverb "A chain is no
> stronger than its weakest link" (in that exact wording) is dated
> 1861.  Is
> anyone able to uncover an earlier example than that?
> Fred Shapiro
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