On July 30, 1965, at the signing of the Medicare amendments to the Social Security Act in Independence Missouri, LBJ said this about Harry Truman and a few others:
Many men can make many proposals. Many men can draft many laws. But few have the piercing and humane eye, which can see beyond the words to the people that they touch. Few can see past the speeches and the political battles … And fewer still have the courage to stake reputation, and position, and the effort of a lifetime upon such a cause when there are so few that share it.