He [LBJ] also read an editorial in the Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser (of Honolulu, Hawaii) by William F. Buckley, Jr—“Anti-American Theme”— He told mary s and mf to be sure and read the article to see what “your young friends on the left” are doing. He was upset by the references to his own inadequacies in contrast to the glories of the JFK myth and explained that in JFK’s three years little had been done, and went on to enumerate his own successes in the legislative field.
Then the President took two equanil and said that if he couldn’t sleep, he’d get up and work, but he hoped that sleep would come.
March 14, 1967. Lady Bird (in the green dress) and her entourage of 50 or more reporters descend on the Mathis family during her visit to North Carolina.
The First Lady talks with family members about favorite television programs, the garden at the Ranch, and how the children like the Teacher Corps teachers in their school. Lady Bird presents Mrs. Mathis with preserves and honey from the ranch “wrapped incongruously in the elegant embossed paper from the White House.”
LBJ Library Photo #C4719-3, public domain. Lady Bird quote from A White House Dairy.
March 6, 1967. LBJ and Lady Bird, along with aide Jake Jacobsen and others, leave the LBJ Ranch for San Antonio and thence to Washington Along the way, according to the Daily Diary, they engage in some subterfuge in aid of LBJ’s teeth.
“8:56 PM. Arrive the LBJ Ranch—bid farewell to Luci and Pat and walked to the waiting Jetstar—The President came on board saying, ‘Jake, everything fine?’ To Jake’s reply that everything was fine, the President said that it certainly wasn’t with him—he had lost a tooth while eating a piece of candy—actually the crown of a tooth had come out.
“9:14 PM. President and Mrs. Johnson arrived Randolph AF Base, San Antonio, Texas. A dentist, Dr. Henry Pelc, FR 55820, 3510 USAF Hospital, RAFB, Tex, boarded AF One to look at the President’s tooth. To throw the press off as to the reason for delay, baggage was still being loaded. The plane taxied to the end of the runway when the dentist had finished and he went out the escape hatch behind the pilot’s seat to avoid being seen by the press. (Note: The dentist was in his dress uniform as he had been at a cocktail party when contacted.)”
LBJ Library photo #C3936-8, from 11/23/66, photographer snapping photos of LBJ’s Jetstar. Public domain.
September 21, 1966. LBJ has a two-hour, off-the-record meeting with staff from the Washington Post. Left to right: Ben Bradlee, Russell Wiggins, Katharine (Kay) Graham, President Lyndon B. Johnson.
LBJ was an old friend of the Grahams: you can listen to an excerpt of a telephone conversation with Kay from December 2, 1963, a few months after she took over the Post upon her husband’s death.
LBJ Presidential Library photo A3178-13. Public domain.
August 6, 1966. Luci and Pat stage “Operation Departure,” so that they can leave for their honeymoon in private. First, they bade goodbye to LBJ and Lady Bird—in public, for the benefit of the press (above). Then, later, they made their real exit:
“Luci kissed us both and dashed off down the hall. I followed her to the elevator and watched it go down. I knew that… they would go out through the tunnel into the Treasury and into the basement garage. There would be the inconspicuous black sedan and, crouched on the floor of the car, they would begin the drive to New York to spend the night at Mary Lasker’s town house.”
Quote: Lady Bird Johnson’s White House Diary, August 6, 1966. Photo: LBJ Presidential Library photo C2716-14a.
April 27, 1964. Photographer Charles Gorry takes an infamous photo of LBJ holding up one of his beagles (Her) by the ears. On May 4, LBJ reenacts the Gorry photo for the White House photographers. This photo, above, is in the public domain, so it resides in our photo archives—earning President Johnson the gratitude of generations of LBJ Library photo archivists!