I was a fairly literal-minded kid, which is why the first time I ever heard Bob Dylan‘s line about how “sometimes the President of the U.S. must have to stand naked,” I thought of Lyndon B. Johnson standing buck naked in a rainstorm on the south lawn of the White House. Not a pleasant image. I thought of this about 30 minutes ago when I came upon the following Johnson quote: “Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it.”