what does "he still is"mean?
In time of crisis the pull of myth increases tenfold. On November 22, 1963, the typical American, like the typical correspondent in 101-102, was under the impression that the oath was mandatory. He still is. His leaders (though lamentably few of them have thought the matter through) are divided. Speaker John McCormack, who with Kennedy's death became next in line of succession, echoes the popular misconception. He thinks Johnson had to be sworn in as soon as possible "because the country had to have a President." Chief Justice Warren agrees. The oath is needed in such cir-cumstances, he argues, to put the new leader's dedication to the Constitu¬tion on record. Reminded that Johnson had taken that vow*at the Ken¬nedy inaugural, he replies, "But he hadn't taken it as President."