Johnson becomes President of the United States after the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, assisted and advised by his wife Lady Bird Johnson. Johnson enters the White House but soon must work on the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Martin Luther King Jr. pressures Johnson to pass the bill without amendments that would defang it; Southern Democrats such as Richard Russell Jr. of Georgia oppose the bill so much that they may abandon the Democratic Party if the bill passes, and Republicans and Democrats on the fence offer amendments opposed by the liberals and the Civil Rights activists. At the same time, Johnson wants to declare a War on Poverty. The Gulf of Tonkin incident causes Johnson to ask Congress for Gulf of Tonkin Resolution endorsing a reprisal against North Vietnam, wary of being outflanked on the issue by the Republicans.