October 21, 1964. Another day of campaigning! Today, President Johnson visits Akron, Ohio; Belleville, Illinois; and St. Louis, Missouri. While in Missouri, President Johnson also makes a stop to visit President Truman in the hospital. 

See today’s stops, along with previous campaign stops in our On the Road with LBJ map.

LBJ Library Photos 428-34-WH64, 428-27-WH64, 428-54-WH64, 428-70-WH64, and 428-23-WH64; images are in the public domain. 

October 19, 1964. Today, President Johnson issues a proclamation declaring October 25-October 31, 1964 National First Voters Week. Television campaign ads remind voters why it is important to voice their opinion. 

Campaign video from the Democratic National Committee.

cassgay ASKED:

How did you find the wedding cake used for l. b johnsons daughters wedding Betty Beal is my husbands Mom.. I was curious!! Thank you!


Wow—that’s neat! We are the archives at the LBJ Presidential Library, so we have the recipe as part of Lady Bird Johnson’s papers. If you’d like to look into Mrs. Beal, e.g., see if we have any other materials related to her, you can email us at johnson.library@nara.gov. Thanks for your message!

- Liza   

October 16, 1964. LBJ travels to Ohio to continue campaigning. In Cincinnati, he delivers a speech at Government Square:

In an age of peril, when danger lurks across the land, the world respects and the world responds to performance, the effective performance, of a bipartisan system in the American way…

You will not be electing a President alone on November 3d; you will be electing the kind of life that you want to lead and the kind of world you want your children to grow up in. The vote you cast will count as much as the vote you do not cast, for if you fail to vote, your future will be chosen for you.”

LBJ Library photos 416-76-WH64, 416-4A-WH64, 416-30-WH64, 416-104-WH64; public domain. 

Follow LBJ’s campaign route daily with on our On the Road with LBJ map. 

Oct. 9, 1964. 7:27 pm. Lady Bird and Lyndon meet in New Orleans at the end of the Whistle Stop and he makes the following remarks, putting it all in perspective:

"We are going to have a government of all the people, and your President is going to protect the constitutional rights of every American.

"Those that want to be fair and those that want to be just, and those that want to follow the Golden Rule of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, we invite them to come and join us.  Those that have other views are welcome to them, and this is a free country.  They can express them as strongly as they want to with such vehemence as they may choose and we will listen, but we will not follow.  Because this democratic land of ours is going to be a united land.

"In the words of Robert E. Lee, I am going to say tonight, let’s try to get our people to forget their old animosities and let us all be Americans."

Oct. 7, 1964. 3:58 PM. In Columbia, South Carolina, Lady Bird and the Whistle Stop encounter some of the trouble they had anticipated as a result of the recently passed civil rights legislation.  Liz Carpenter recounted the story in an oral history:

…When we got to Columbia, South Carolina, there were a group of people.  I guess they were students.  They had a drum that helped them keep their chant going, and they tried to interrupt her speech and stop her from speaking.  Interestingly enough, it wasn’t Vietnam.  It was civil rights that provoked this, and the Johnson policy on civil rights, which had been more liberal than anyone’s.  And she handled it beautifully.  She just put one hand up and said, ‘My friends, this is a country of free speech, and I respect your opinion.  But this is my time to speak my mind.’

Watch above (starts at about 17:30). 

More on the Whistle Stop: http://whistlestop.lbjlibrary.org.