President Lyndon Johnson announced that “I shall not seek and I will not accept the nomination of my party as your President,” surprising most observers with this recognition of the “division in the American house” over the war in Vietnam and civil unrest at home.  “With American sons in the field far away,” he said, “with the American future under challenge right here at home, with our hopes and the world’s hopes for peace in the balance every day, I do not believe that I should devote an hour or a day of my time to any personal partisan causes or to any duties other than the awesome duties of this office, the Presidency of your country.”     The New York Times