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source of an outbreak of covid-19 our community. i don't want to dampen the enthusiasm for this great work that we've that we've been able to do and it's been fantastic. we've had national support we've had tremendous support in kansas city our institute board and our leadership there and our federal staff. everyone's just been terrific. i mean, it's it's one of those things that you just don't get to do very often in your in a career. some people go their whole career and don't get to do what we've just done so i'm very proud of that very grateful to have been able to do it. and really look forward to cutting that ribbon and getting you and lots of other people in there to to celebrate with us. next on the presidency linda johnson, robb and lucy baines johnson the daughters of lyndon and lady bird johnson shared their white house memories with moderator and journalist. susan page the joined by lloyd hand who served as chief of protocol during the johnson administration. the lyndon b johnson presidential library and museum
co-hosted this event with the white house historical association. first lynda johnson robb for more than a half century. she has been an activist on behalf of children's literacy. she is also a former first lady of virginia the wife of charles robb a former governor and senator welcome. thank you. i'm glad to be here. next lucy baines johnson has worked for decades in business and philanthropistly on issues of social justice health care and the environment. thank you so much for being here. i am delighted to participate. that's great and lloyd hand when nothing was senate majority leader. he hired lloyd hand then a guy in his 20s a recent ut graduate as an assistant when lbj was in the white house. he hired him again as the usc protocol lloyd hand. thank you for being with us.
thank you for having me. let's talk about about living in the white house lynda johnson robbed you were 20 years old when your parents moved into the white house at the time you were happily a student at the university of texas. why did you decide that to leave all that and move in with your folks? well as lucy knows i did it reluctantly. i did not want to give up my independence and and i loved being in austin. i think everybody who's ever lived in austin wants to go back to austin. but my parents tried to get me to do it and they said oh, we really need you. you know, you're going to be able to to substitute for mother when she's not able to be somewhere and you'll get to see all this history right in front of you and i was a history student. so they played my my interests and my mother said now, i think
you should keep a diary it's a very good discipline. so anyway, i came up. and i did get to substitute for mother when we had events and i did have the great. pleasure of getting to see a lot of things up close and the diary didn't do so. well, it's mostly trash it was i had to do it. so it was okay thursday got up at 8 am studied latin. gee it's awful. i had a date with with jim jim is so handsome. i'm just crazy about him whatever. it was worthless every once in a while you come across something. that's funny and the other day i was looking at something and i realized that i had warren beatty at my table at a dance that we had had i think was
princess irene of greece. but there he was and i remember him telling me i'm working on a movie now and it's about the russian revolution. it's about an american name. i and i think i remember his name was was read jack reed and then and that was in 1967. february he didn't get that movie to the screen until 1981. so a lot of things take a long time between the time birthed and the time it's mature enough. there were a lot of funny things that happened to me and i'm i enjoyed it and sometimes that diary comes in handy. well, it's a it certainly something to keep i'm glad that your mother increase you to keep it, you know, lucy face johnson you were a teenager at that point and when we were talking he said that your first night in the white house. you almost burned it down, but i
don't know what it was that can you tell us about that? oh, i'd love to public life was like the family farm for many people where everybody had a job from grandma to the toddler and as a young girl, i remember well bringing in my parents' friends coats and putting them up on the bed and so being involved in public life was a very natural for me. but of course anything was natural other than the time after november 22nd 1963 the nation had been assaulted our hearts were broken. we'd been draped in black. it was in exceedingly difficult time and ah, i found myself wondering up the stairsteps of our home at the elms. and hearing my parents have raised voices, and that was an unusual thing and i i was sort of startled so i did what i
would not like to have to admit that i did i sort of leaned in and and listened and my mother was saying to my father london any day, but that any day i just cannot move into the white house on december 7th. and i was not a student of history like my sister. i hadn't even had an american history course yet. and so i didn't appreciate why my mother was resisting so much starting their life in the white house on the day that would for them live in infamy for forever the anniversary of the day pearl harbor and bombed. but of course i came to understand that and on december 7th. i found like my mother and all the rest of the family. we were moving into the white house for the next five years. well, my father had been working non-stop from dawn to midnight as had my mother and they
decided to take a little bit of a respice to go to their good friend and staff member walter jenkins home and have a couple of hours of off time. and i asked walter and margaret jenkins daughter beth jenkins who was very close friend of mine to come over to the white house. well, i've been on stage. for a couple of weeks and feeling enormous stress everything i said or did needed to be just right and mostly i needed not to be heard. and all of a sudden there was with beth. in this beautiful room with this fabulous fireplace, and i turned her and i said, but you know anything about fireplaces and she said well, i think i know a little about fireplaces and i said you you think we the flu is open and she looked at it and she said yeah, i think so and so we went to light the fireplace and of course you can tell what
the rest of the story is going to be. the flu was not properly holy opened and i had only been in that room of matter of a few moments and barely knew where the connecting bathroom was and i i fell my way through to the bathroom and picked up a little juice glass and build it with water and felt my way back into the bedroom in front of the fireplace trying to put it out and obviously that was not going to be effective way of doing it. so i went back to the bathroom and it was getting smoke here and smokier by the moment and i took a trash and i put it into the bathtub filled it up and it was enough water to douse the fire. so i felt relieved over that and i went over to my desk which was in front of a large window in the north portico of the white house. and i was in my nightgown and i climbed up on the desk and i
pulled up and almost a seemingly herculean sort of of way the giant window that was in front of me to let the smoke out and i saw a white house policeman looking up at me immediately under my nightgown and as a young 16 year old i was mortified. well the first week in the white house, my mother had me helping others to clean the smoke off of the walls. it was certainly not the way i anticipated starting like off there, but it was a big humility. listen and melody is a really good thing for all of us to have if we're fortunate enough to be residents of the white house and i got mine the first week praise god. i did not establish myself as a person who burned the white
house down, but there were a few moments where i was deeply concerned that that might have been all that was remembered. i can only imagine the reaction of your parents when they came home and discovered the third. what happened lloyd. let me ask you something actually from president johnson's prospective, of course, you know him well president. have a lot to worry about and i wonder if president johnson worried about his daughters who were then living with him in the white house well and was he was he glad that they were living there. um, you know, i'm not sure that i much about that. he loved those girls and he loved having them around we lived when we go back and forth in austin and washington we lived in them a home of the lbj in austin and he would there
with them. but but i don't remember frankly susan him saying anything one with the other about it. i'm sure he did. i'm sure that he loved having him here. he was quite unusual in many ways, and i'm sure we talk about some of that but one of them was that he loved buying clothes for his daughter and wife staff members. i remember the first visit of the pope and we were all in the waldorf towers awaiting to pop i was supposed to get in the garden development and and president had dressed designers in the sweet and dresses and this week for the different ones to try on it was just something we didn't come to visit us, california. he always want to go shopping for the girls and mrs. johnson others so inconceivable to me that both of them when love they have their daughters near them particularly in the white house. you know, that's such a great so
i didn't realize that linda johnson was a personal shopper for his for his daughters was he did he have good taste. did he buy stuff that you like? my father was a he took enormous pleasure out of being able to give something to somebody that would give them pleasure. and so he or he would send others to go out and try to find dresses not just for linda and me and mother but for every member of the staff, especially those that might be away from loved ones during the holidays that sort of thing and to see a shining face. looking back at him saying i'm really appreciate what you've done gave lyndon johnson just it buoyed his spirits in a way that all of us were grateful for now i'm just like to add to that lucy that he didn't necessarily understand the fact that we might not all want to be wearing
the same dress. i went on with him on a trip when he i've found a local designer. and they brought in a big racket close. and daddy went through and said okay linda you try this one on and i would try them all up and he found one he liked so he said, okay. i'll take it in brown. i wanted we liked bright colors, so he'd have it in blue and red and and he gave the same dress to me and to the cook at the ranch and to lucy and to one of his second. everybody got the same dress, and i don't think he quite understand it a little better if it had been different dresses for us, but he liked the dress and so he thought it would just look right on everybody. it always well most of the time. we let him think. and you the other thing lucy didn't say is he always wanted
when he gave a gift he wanted you to put it on if it was a dress and so he would we'd get this great package for christmas whether it was a dress or whether it was a parable of slacks that he found that he liked he would get it and then he'd want you to immediately go into another room and put the outfit on and anyway, he did care very much about all of us. you know what hand there's i i'm watching the crown on netflix as most of america i think and there is an episode on the crown that involves the johnson white house. it was a black tide dinner that was given for princess margaret and lord snowden and the depiction on the crisis of a really quite a wild evening of drinking and dancing and dirty limericks. you were the chief of protocol at that point. can you tell us about the dinner? was that a pretty accurate
depiction of what went on? that was an absolutely fake news description. i couldn't believe it. i turned to my wife and and i said, you know that is outrageous because we were involved from the beginning to the end and those days when there was a particularly important that particular state visit, although this is what we call private visit president wanted me to take his car and his driver rather than the one that i had assigned to so princess margaret and large snowden were staying at the british embassy we went to him to see them and had her pizzas taking insights and a book and all of them so we got into the limousine it i don't know with any of your old enough to remember but there were those days limousines that had it driveshaft down the middle and banquet seats faced each other and i was seated opposite princess margaret and was opposite large snowden and this
car started off in the and the drive shaft spawn and then caught on and when he did it through me right in her lap, well, everybody thought that was really funny. i felt a little over to think. but so i had a feeling this was evening was not going to go. well, we got we got to the white house and the dance was before the dinner large snowden grabbed my wife and they were off dancing and i said you're wrong on this but you shared it. that's just a no i'll let you know when i went to dance and she was tapping her foot in patiently with him that he had taken and dance so i know that wasn't going too well, but i will tell you there was none of that described, you know, they showed a bathroom scene. there's no bathroom in the whole white house looks like this. it's kind of the bathroom. you see it stadium or or some other kind of them mansion. i mean, it was just all made up
the the dialogue they vulgarity that drinking, of course, there was drinking at the white house. i must say i've never seen anybody. i needed the white house with that. but i'll add just a little bit because i've answered your question that it was there was nothing not not an iota of truth to their portrayal in the crown. but um, there was a sort of a dramatic event during the dance bob mcnamara linda remembers this bob mcnamara then secretary of defense was twirling around the room christine ford wife of henry ford. it was a beautiful actually gorgeous woman low-cut white gown and and as he was twirling her around she had a wardrobe malfunction and people oh, but
you know corrected it right quickly, but you can imagine that was a bitter of the evening. later dinner. i was not seated at the table with the president, but she wasn't of course and there was kurt douglas and happy rockefeller, but the summary answer was none of that portrayed in the crown was accurate. well, let me just add that. quite a few of the social aids dancing with mrs. ford and it's all i saved her. i pulled, you know help with up so but i mean it has been a story over 50 years every time the social aids get together we talk about what were you doing? and what did you say? in every room to class i was there she she corrected herself. i'm sure back mcnamara was
trying to figure out how he did and maybe some things that was their fantasy, but talk about actually there was a press secretary from mrs. johnson who was known for her humor named liz garbier. and christine ford had a flower probably a daisy woven into her i think you go. i would call it a big tail, but it probably has more sophisticated description and that for women's coffee or so the next day les carpenter had flower or pigtail this was wearing in the office everybody knew exactly what what she was doing, but it was a little humor. that's too bright. may i just more thing about it? that was very interesting about daddy. he loved to dance. and of course, he always liked to dance with pretty ladies.
and he of course would always be seated next to the wife of whoever we were honoring that night. and he would would dutifully do his dancing with this spouse. but he wanted to dance with everybody else and he knew that the next day when people went home they'd like to be able to say last night. i danced with the president. so he told the social aids i want you to cut in on me now nobody of this present generation knows what that is, but you used to dance with somebody and then you would go over and help the shoulder and you would switch partners. so it was very unusual for some social aid to be interrupting the president. but they dutifully did it and that way he was able to dance with many many more women at the
dance and that was always a great honor for daddy and for the person who he chose to dance with. but it was very funny for the social aids to be interrupting the president. to switch partners well, it's great that he could enjoy those those dinners. lucy baines johnson. let me ask you about a more serious matter you talked about. all the really historic events and historic people that you had a chance to meet or to see why you were living in the white house you talk about something that you saw or someone you spoke to at the white house it really feel like mate had an impact on you for the rest of your life. well we had in the white house what i called daddy duty and daddy did he was sort of the command performance when my father was having some sort of official experience and i would go and look adoringly and the
civil rights movement was also very public. and yet so very personal for me. on my 17th birthday my father wrote me a little note telling me how much he loved me. he was busy that day. he didn't actually have time to go out and buy a birthday card. and so they only handwritten note. i really have from my father. was written for me on july the second 1964 and about five or six hours later. he was downstairs in the east room signing the 1964 civil rights legislation into law. nobody will ever get a better birthday present. from anybody then that birthday present from me that year a year later. august 6 1965. i was on daddy duty and my sister and mother were away i
think in new york city and i was supposed to be with my father when he was going to sign the 1965 voting rights act into law. well in my adolescence i assumed something none of us should ever do and public life, but i assumed that the event would take place in the east room of the white house after all the signing of the 1964 civil rights acting taking place there, but my father asked me to meet meet him in the diplomatic reception. and i said, yes, sir, of course, but it was quizzible to me didn't quite understand why i was going from upstairs in the residency to downstairs to the into the diplomatic perception room to back upstairs to the east room, but i said, yes, sir, and we got to the diplomatic reception room and my father said come on. let's go and i said, where are we going daddy? and he said we're we're going up to the capital.
well, i realized i had places to go and things to do and i assume that i was going to be on daddy duty for about an hour. so and i realized we were going up to the capital it was going to take a lot longer and what was i going to do and say there were no cell phones in to call and cancel your date. she just sort of just didn't show up then and my father said as he often did when he was somewhat disappointed in me. he referred to me by my double name, and he said lucy baines we are going to the capital. because you're going to be many brave men and women. who will not be returning to the capital? a cause of the courageous vote they took to support the voting rights bill. and they're going to be some extraordinary men and women who will be coming to the as a
result of this legislation who could another otherwise never have come. well, we got up to the capitol and i stood behind my father and i found myself no longer thinking about my adolescent whims and where i was going and what i was going to be. what an honor? by accident birth i was standing behind the president of the united states. as he signed this legislation into law a piece of legislation that would do so much to make ours a more just country. i watched this all take place and when we got back into the car, i am. asked my father again. question that sent him into a moment of disappointment i said that if why on earth? when you sign that legislation
with all the great civil rights leaders there. why did you give that pen? used to sign the voting rights act to that old grumpy disheveled republican leader everett dirksen and my father shook his head and again and disappointment that his own daughter didn't get the obvious lesson because daddy was forever a school teacher. and he said lucy baines. i gave that pinned every dirksen because if he hadn't been willing. to support this legislation and bring his folks with him. those great civil rights leaders, and i we'd have had a bill we'd have never had a law. in october of that year i was with my father again on daddy duty. i think that our wonderful chief
of protocol lloyd hand is already made reference to the fact that the first pope was coming to the united states for the excuse me. the pope was coming to the united states for the first time and i was a roman catholic converter my father knew mean something to me to be there with him and so hit invited me to come but before we went to that walt off our story to meet the pope were going to be outside in front of the statue of liberty. signing that first big comprehensive immigration bill into law and there i was once again witnessing life-changing forever in my country and i believe for the better so here i've mentioned three phenomenal
pieces of legislation that i was an eyewitness to or had a significant role in my personal life. it's all so very public. yet it was all so very personal and i am forever grateful that i got to be a witness to history. those memories will stay forever in my mind and you know one of those great. men that came to the capital as a result of that voting rights bill. he died last summer and along with him a part all of america's heart. john. lewis was a giant of a man and i was privileged to get to know personally on a variety of other occasions. and so yes, those memories will be forever precious to me and i will be forever grateful to share food such a remarkable moments.
of history, you know linda johnson rep. i mentioned a photo to you that's on the cover of a book that john dickerson wrote they came out last year. the book is called the hardest job in the world and has this photo of your of your father looking his head almost on a table listings so intently to an old style tape recorder and i mentioned you instantly knew. what the photo was showing tell us what that photo was showing? well chuck and i got married in december and he left in march go to vietnam. and i moved back in the white house. we had gotten married and we'd moved to a little rented a little place for us to stay until he left and since i was pregnant and didn't have any other place to go. i went back to my same room and white house. and i wrote chuck every day and
i also began to send him tapes. these were cassette tapes. and he tried not to write me about some of the things that he witnessed. he was a company commanderer and a rifle company, which he says is the best job. in the marine corps, except maybe being common that but it was a very important job for him and it changed his life and he is in april coming up. he's going to be publishing a book about some of his adventures and they'll be lots of stories i think in there about vietnam. but so daddy thought it'd be a good idea chuck would send me some tapes. but mind you he's in the middle of nowhere, but he did send us. send me several types and they were meant for me. they were meant for his wife not.
the the president of the united states but i made a mistake one time and listening to one of the tapes and it was very dramatic. about i think was about an amtrak that he was in and leading his troops. through to the area and they would send somebody out to try to check the road to make sure it wasn't but you never knew. and so he on this tape told about how he was behind an amtrak. and it went over i guess. it went over something and caused the whole thing to go up. and fire and he was trying to get all of his troops off and he lost a lot of men and of course it could have been his amtrak. he was right behind it. they were a bunch of them. and i made the mistake to let
daddy listen to it. and so he took it and he had it put on what we called a real drill a big big machine that he could play it on. and that photograph. taken in the cabinet room shows him and his is terrible painful painful? worry about vietnam worried about all of those men and some women who were over there who were doing their best to bring us peace and trying to resolve this. and lucy's told so many good good stories about how she was present at different things. and one thing i was just thinking about and this is a new thing. that's come to me. i went with daddy to glassboro and their daddy met with a premier chris egan.
and they met and it was in private and i went off with mrs. caviciani his daughter. and we you know toured the sand dunes or whatever in new jersey there. and i never knew what they said to each other or what went on in this meeting. i just knew that it was an outreach that daddy was making to the russians to try to see how we can make this. a safer world and just in the last five years. it has come out that at glassboro. he got cosegan to agree to having the russians intervene with the north vietnamese who they were supporting. and bring the north vietnamese to the peace table. and this was in paris, and of course daddy had said he wasn't
gonna run because he wanted to devote all of his energies energies to trying to to bring solution to the war and at that table they had the north vietnamese and the americans and the south vietnamese. and i never knew that they the north vietnamese were there. peace table because the russians had made this agreement with daddy. now unfortunately somebody went to them and said that don't make this deal. leave the peace table because you'll get a better deal with nixon. and so we almost almost. got the war coming to an end then. but it didn't work out and that
was forever. one of the very very sad things that because daddy he loved his great society and he wanted things like head start and aids elementary and secondary education and and so many of those wonderful civil rights programs that lucy was talking about that was all part of this great society. and he had such hopes and he could see that the war was taking all the the energy and the support that that was in the country away from those and replacing it with it's terrible terrible war that my was over there. trying to to do his best his job for this country and adding new that all of those people who were over there our military were trying to do their best to bring.
peace. and we had the chance. and i never knew that glassboro was a part of it until just a few years ago when when it was i guess the national security people decided to release the information, but it came out and and i learned something about. those times that i had no idea about. and that picture symbolized daddy's frustration and hurt and anger and and it was a very difficult time for all of us and daddy was so. relieved chuck came home and greeted his his little daughter who was at that time six months old and he had never seen her. so it was it was a time that was
just so horrible and it's the story of what might have been. and how many people would have lives would have been saved if we could brought could have had peace then? so that's not it's telling about happy things and i'm just having to tell you what. what i was witnessed to well, we know it with every presidency and certainly with with your father's presidency. there's a mix of things in that in that history. it's so interesting to hear both of your perspective. and that's this photo. i it's so it's so captures. i think the pressures and responsibilities of the presidency as john dickerson said the hardest. job in the world. we have just a few minutes left and i want to close by talking in not about your father, but about your mother because she made a really enormous contribution to white house historical association.
jackie kennedy founded planet of the seed your mother made sure that those seeds took root to preserve and protect and honor the history of the white house. i wonder if you could just talk about why what she thought why did she want to do that and maybe talk and start with lloyd lloyd. do you have any insight into that from your work with at the white house at that time as a protocol chief? of course you were around a lot of events. you have a sense of why lady bird johnson had this commitment to preserving the history of this of this house. well, i think it began a much earlier. she did much to beautify around the ranch. around the area where the president was born and grew up. um, but it began when she was pushing hard to remove the ugly billboards that you're probably not old enough to remember that
lined most of the highways around the country and she was successful in that in the beautification act and then said about beautifying, washington. i will tell you susan that outside of my own family. she's one of the most wonderful women i've ever known what i was a young best out of law school going to work for him when he was majority leader and there was a tough fall for me a man and i talked about it just said we're going to washington for one year's experience. well didn't work out quite that way, but she he was rather shy and when there would be meetings at the at the ranch she was trying to be out in one side. she was studying spanish. she was taking allocution courses she and i don't mean to deprecate the president at all, but many people considered her the real intellectual and the family. it was not a secret. lbj didn't read a lot of of
novels or other books, but she was religious reader and and was it that the the anchor i would say many times he would be at times very upset about that. and she would put her hand on top of he has the backseat of the most and now now and now now he would gradually calm down. he was he was a stabilizer. and and of course, she had a beauty about her that came from within so she was manifesting that and and the wildlife flowers in the gardens in and around austin and travis county, but but around washington dc the beauty that you see in terms of the flowers. those were those the ideas of mr. johnson's lady bird. i never called her lady bird,
but but those who were irish friends did in others others who didn't know her very well, but i think that it was a love of beauty and a wanting to make a difference and you know, she she following jacqueline kennedy i can say this the daughters are going to say this, but but she suffered because people quit to contrast this young smelled very fashion model with and older woman led twang and her voice and and she would be mock but over time she became one of the most outstanding first lady ever you read many articles about first ladies. there was a recent. yeah series on cnn about first ladies and if you happen to listen to that you heard what
i'm saying? so answer your question, i think that it came from within her to try make it ever. she did anybody talks about the beautification people at the interior department. well many other countries she was very much involved in the cherry blossoms around the turning basin when the japanese had to be late some that were laws mrs. johnson were very very much involved in that. she was a great support of the blair house the president's guest house. she was very much involved in trying to make a difference and yet she was location. she was not flamboyant. she wasn't trying to be anything yet. what she was when she was a solid smart beautiful lovely woman either. i remember the time i saw her and was linda chuck's house?
they had a dinner before by this time. she had lost her voice. and so when she talked to you she had a right little note down on a note that but she would just laugh about whatever the subject matter was. she was undaunted by whatever befell her. she had him just a very special. element quality about her that was rare and my wife and i were were privileged. know and to be a part of the johnson family and i guess that's why. i spent 16 years. with them often on the payroll. mostly on the bed well, lucy, and then just give you a chance to say perhaps a final word about your mom and how she felt. about living in the white house. so see do i go first.
i'd love to. when my mother was editing her white house diary, she brought it to me and asked me to help project. i was deeply flattered but knew the limitations of my my skills and and said mother i i'm just going to support your efforts here. but over the years is i as time progressed i would go back and read and reread looking through a different prison a prism of an older individual. and i recognize over time just in the first. weeks of my mother becoming first lady of the country just how much the white house
and decorative arts and frankly the economic capacity to either purchase themselves and give or find others who might be willing to well, november 22nd happened and my mother was deeply concerned that all of those people who had joined the white house historical association. was a student of history she had an undergraduate degree in it. she had an appreciation for all the hard work. they did she wanted them to come
and stay and help because they were invaluable to the history of this great house. that is indeed. the president's house a house for all of us to love a house that tells the story of the american presidency. but yes the american people and so when i've gone back and reread the white house diary and its first weeks months i've realized just how deeply important the white house historical association the president didn't he was southwest, texas. but the reason the lbj library and the lbj school of public affairs are on the campus the
university of texas because mrs. johnson. you know. so it's so wonderful to hear the stories. and of course the whole nation is grateful to your to mrs. johnson for what she did and put in preserving and starting that process that continues today at the white house yet. linda johnson. i wonder if we can go to the story that you you told me. i'm preparing for this which is it goes to your mother's understanding of how thrilling it could be for america to be able to just see a bit of the white house and it involves the story of her i guess as a young woman going to the gate just as a tourist with a camera. can you tell us that story please? well, then he gave mother a moving a movie camera. and mother used it and so we now have the lbj library movies
mother standing outside the white house gates taking pictures singing movies of mrs. roosevelt and leaving the whitehead. she has pictures of mrs. movies of mrs. roosevelt coming to the senate. ladies luncheons. and they're wonderful wonderful movies because she saw this as a tourist. she was a great tool. she loved going and seeing historical homes. and and that's why she wanted the most beautiful things that belonged to america the history of america and the white house and she also invited white house descendants with the hope. i won't say this exactly, but i think she wanted to have him come. with the desire that they might give a piece of their family. descendants artifacts things they used in the white house and i know we got a beautiful
beautiful piece from the addams family. i think adam's family are probably the best because they were so many of them. all the different atoms and so they had lots that they could do but she also wanted to share the white house with everybody. and so while daddy would be downstairs meeting with members of congress and having receptions and they would be learning about different pieces of the great society or what was going on in the war or whatever. daddy wanted to personally talk to him about the spouses were invited to come upstairs and they were people. about whose husbands had been in congress for 20 30 years and they had never been in the private quarters. and that was one thing that she did that. i think everybody loved because
it was exciting and she divided them into say four or five different receptions. and she also sometimes had the entertainment upstairs. so one of the things that she would do is she would invite some young people that had connections with congress to come and speak and she had jay rockefeller come and talk about what he was doing in west virginia with the one of the one of the great society programs that he was involved in. she had quite a few presidential descendants who came and spoke at these receptions and it was just great fun, and i loved to hear all the stories about what other first families had done but it was a great opportunity to share. the privacy and the rooms with with other people and you know alice longworth had had lived
there when she was a young woman and had gotten married. so when chuck and i got married we got, you know, her manual and said, okay, what did you do about this and that the other and i think people liked better when lucy got married because although we told everybody we did not want any state gifts we did receive a silver cup from great britain and there were several things like that and that of course we were following alice and she was telling us about these rugs and all of these oriental presents. we'd received and and she still had some of them in her house. so it was great meeting the people who were there before i was there. and so that was exciting and mother loved sharing all of those memories all those exciting things with everybody else the congress first and
foremost because she she knew that if you do something or someone's wife or their children. they appreciate it sometimes much more than if you do it for them. and so she wanted to share all the good things that she was enjoying in the white house with with everybody. and it was a wonderful time. well, we're all grateful that it's it truly is america's us, you know, a lot of people know the white house historical association. today and sharing some of these
wonderful historic remarkable and in some cases pretty funny stories about life in the white house lynda johnson robbed lucy baines johnson lloyd hand. thank you all so much and with that. thank you. thank you you to be able to share these moments of history and family times with you and we hope that they turn out to be helpful to the white house historical association. from george washington to george w bush every sunday at 8pm at midnight eastern we feature the presidency our weekly series exploring the presidents their politics policies and legacies. you're watching american history tv all weekend every weekend on c-span 3. each week american history tvs
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