August 5, 1966. Liz Carpenter runs the rehearsal for Luci Johnson and Pat Nugent’s wedding at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Later that evening, the wedding preparations take an unexpected turn: Liz gets a call from a concerned LBJ, who asks about her plan to use airline equipment to cool the church at the wedding. It is an ingenious strategy to combat the sweltering conditions of August in Washington. Unfortunately for the wedding guests, the International Association of Machinists, representing aircraft mechanics and other workers, are on strike, and the government is currently negotiating with them on a resolution. LBJ tells her to clear it with the Secretary of Labor—and as for the wedding guests, ‘Let ‘em sweat if they need to.”
One other interesting thing about the call is at the very beginning, while Liz waits on hold: the office secretary’s accidentally recorded comments about LBJ.
LBJ Presidential Library photo A2924-5a.