May 11, 1967. Meeting in the Cabinet Room, Walt Rostow speaks as Francis Bator and others listen.
LBJ Presidential Library photo #C5360-23, public domain.
The Secret Service says that there is one woman in the audience who may arise and say ‘Stop the War in Vietnam.’ You had better be thinking about what you will answer. — Note, Liz Carpenter to Lady Bird, during dinner and reception at the Hotel Pierre in New York City for Citizens’ Committee for the Children of New York. May 10, 1967. The evening passed without incident. As relayed in Lady Bird Johnson, A White House Diary, New York: Dell Books, 1971, pg 568.
May 3, 1967, Lady Bird Johnson shakes hands with Lassie as others look on at the Keep America Beautiful Poster Presentation.
LBJ Presidential Library photo #C5290-28, public domain.
May 2, 1967. The Daily Diary records a White House visit by the brother of one of LBJ’s secretaries, Yolanda Boozer.
“5:30p to 6:20p. To the barbershop.
6:20p to 6:25p. From the barbershop, the President walked up the hall, asking, “Where are Yolanda and the brother?” — MW [Marvin Watson] told him they were in the Fish Room—and the President went in to greet Captain Xavier Garza, USAF — The President asked Capt Garza how told he was—couldn’t believe that he was 35 years old. Asked him where he would be stationed and what he would be going. Pictures were made. Told Capt Garza how proud he was of Yolanda and what a good loyal job she was doing for the President.
NOTE : Captain Garza is holding secret orders — destination VietNam.”
LBJ Presidential Library photo #A4058-11, public domain.
May 1, 1967. LBJ cracks up Henry Cabot Lodge, former Ambassador to Vietnam, in the Oval Office.
LBJ Presidential Library photo #A4053-17, public domain.
May 1, 1967. A chef in the White House kitchen poses with one of their creations: desserts shaped like flowers in flower pots.
LBJ Presidential Library photo #C5271-16, public domain.
April 28, 1967. LBJ referees a meeting with Congressional Leadership on the ongoing railroad labor dispute. Members present include Democratic and Republican leadership plus ranking members of both the Senate Labor Committee and the House Commerce Committee.
LBJ Library photo 5221-5a, public domain.
April 27, 1967. General Westmoreland speaks at a meeting of foreign policy advisers about the situation in Vietnam.
“Westmoreland: “Without these forces (the 2–1/3 additional divisions plus 5 squadrons, making a total of 565,000 men in South Vietnam), we will not be in danger of being defeated, but it will be nip and tuck to oppose the reinforcements the enemy is capable of providing.”
“In the final analysis, we are fighting a war of attrition in Southeast Asia.”
“What is the next step? A second addition of 2–1/3 divisions, another 100,000 men, probably in FY 1969.”
LBJ Presidential Library photo 5214-26, public domain. Westmoreland comments via Top Secret notes taken throughout the day by aide George Christian. Read more in the online Foreign Relations of the United States.
April 27, 1967. Lady Bird and Laurance Rockefeller look at an architectural model of the Washington Mall area during a Beautification Luncheon in the State Dining Room. The First lady believed that a national consensus on the need to care for the environment was both necessary and possible:
“We have learned that we cannot protect and enhance the beauty of this Nation solely through federal action, or just through citizens groups, or simply through academic institutions. All of these are necessary, plus a strong national will.”
-Lady Bird Johnson and the Environment, Lewis Gould, University of Kansas Press, 1988, p, 203.