You can’t always get what you want

9 minutes

LBJ’s archived phone calls show the more enervating sides of power

President of the United States is the one of the most powerful jobs in the world, but as this series of intimate phone conversations released by the Johnson Presidential Library illustrates, it’s still a job, and annoyances such as tech issues, awkward small-talk, and being over-scrutinised by colleagues are all part of a day’s work. Animated using archival photographs, You Can’t Always Get What You Want is a revealing look at the office of the President in the rare moments that aren’t usually subject to public scrutiny, as well as the life and times of Lyndon B Johnson during the tumultuous 1960s.

Director: Scott Calonico

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