During the primaries following Johnson's presidency that perpetuated the Vietnam War, the anti-war Democrats fielded Eugene McCarthy as a candidate opposed to the war. As a consequence of the shift of support, Johnson was forced to step down February 1968. The image and title also refer to Buddhist statuary where the Buddha is shown leaving his footprint in the earth as he departs.
The original object was scanned as a TIFF file on a Nikon Coolscan 4000 film scanner at approximately 4000 pixels on the long dimension. A 300 ppi JPEG file limited to 1024 pixels on the long dimension was then added to the CONTENTdm database.