tv The Presidency Lynda Johnson White House Wedding CSPAN May 4, 2022 11:48pm-1:00am EDT
seen it personal triumph and tragedy. it is known joy, frustrations, and heartbreak and has over 168 year span witnessed a lot. >> the administration of james monroe a presidents and daughters were married living there printed on these occasions, the daughters had chosen the white house itself is a scene for the wedding predict this was 53 years ago blossom avenue and president wilson's daughter eleanor was married their and these occasions are so rare these events happened it bt once in a lifetime. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
♪ ♪♪ >> you trace rest is how your courtship began and when you realized that it was serious. >> i really don't know when my courtship began, chuck and i played a lot together and we didn't play as partners actually became some of the others office partner but that's really how we got over to this table and then later in the summer, we started double dating with my roommate, really how are courtship began. >> the outward beauty is one of the first and things that any man notices about a girl and then later on, you can't
establish a relationship on this alone and just an opportunity to know and understand better predict she is very very keen mind and a very very thoughtful person predict. >> since of humor and love of life and a lot of the energy, sometimes i think more than i have in were both very serious and fairly quiet and we have a lot in common. >> we arrived at this decision mutually, it wasn't a spur of the moment thing on my part, and we had gone through very thoughtful discussion and we decided that we were right for each other and we wouldn't get married and then later on i went through some of the usual formalities associated with pumping the question. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
♪ ♪♪ >> the engagement became a vision in the affairs of the bride to be announced that their daughter lynda johnson would be married to u.s. marine capt. charles robb . the wedding would take place in december, in the white house and courtship and began quietly and only with family and intimate friends was now spotlighted in the national news and it would be a long time before chuck and linda what again know the moment they had shared during the summer of 1967 the private moments and around the festivities was launched as a black tie dinner dance of the host and the friends the bride for many years, now. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
honor lynda thought she was going is been a quiet sunday afternoon at the home of the captain and she soon learned that not all prenuptial have been advertising the social calendars. [background sounds]. [background sounds]. >> what we came in and the first thing that we saw was well, my man is a marine. and, we were having fun. [background sounds]. a look at that. and i said chuck, i don't know nothing about domestic life. [laughter] and you know how that can be.
[laughter] [background sounds]. [laughter] >> all by yourself for teacher mother to do that. and this is lovely. there are so many wonderful things braided like the marine ball. [background sounds]. >> will lynda caught up with her spirit in front of her first showers and check out with a hours clearly pursuing one of his favorite pastimes. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
♪ ♪♪ been a reception by the justice tom clark, known since she was born in the setting was the club and the emphasis on nostalgia an unforgettable evening for lynda and chuck turned the tables on their host and celebration of the 43rd wedding anniversary. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ justice and missus clark were not the only vice on the deck, few days later in the home, this is where they welcomed into shower and linda's godfather pretty colorful events, and
>> on the 17th of november, a small group of intimate friends gather at the white house at the invitation both lynda and chuck printed festivities another couple who had already taken the mouse 33 years ago pretty. >> i feel very fortunate to have this and i really want to - my 20th birthday, my father sent me some pretty spring flowers in my father had a handwritten note and this was particularly unique saying that so many days ago, you had a happy day in that day, my mother. [inaudible]. and had the same idea in the same feeling of thank you so much for giving us our first child and he was a very romantic
man. and in the spirit of marriage and philosophy and i think every day in the changes in the love, so what you will think it will be, things change and i think that you have to have your own words and interest. and as well as trying to be a partner. i think that's always been there philosophy them happy to say that for them, is their 30 thursday must have something. and this moment of few and far between, the marriage of a president's daughter rare that the event that the public seizes upon every facet of the bride and groom. their hopes for the future, their outlook on life. ♪ ♪♪
♪ ♪♪ >> you are both too energetic now and upped optimistic young people we can to be a brutal world and anyone just before the get married to think about what is ahead of a do you think about that. will he's basically optimistic and i'm basically melancholy pretty. >> i think were both very serious and if we would like to look at the brighter side of life and at the same time, we understand that the ramifications of so many of the things that are taking place and things that we do and the times in which we live. >> a time at which chuck and lynda lived demanded challenges but the obligations of a man in uniform are only a reflection of the greater commitment and responsibility of the nation itself.
♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ since america's founding fathers stepped ashore, they were then ready and willing to pick up the cause and over the years, many of these men were at the marine barracks in the evening prorated tradition is an echo out of the past, her mind of the of the nation's finest pilots were off the shores and a salute to the brave men today. >> basically an infantry officer
>> providing no small challenge to the hostesses far as many planning was concerned. how many festive meals can a prospective bride handle before begins to show on the waistline, and they know, go heavy in the right colors and the secretary of defense provided a special luncheon and shower given by the cabin wives the daughters. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ >> the preplanning rounded party had been launched in washington
and now in texas to give his momentum on the 24 members at that jealous god, they were the guest of honor given by mr. missus moran woodward, longtime family friends. in psychedelic decorations, now in san antonio, but they did to set the stage for her colorful poolside party rated in the maid of honor, demonstrated in texas was not all blue skies, in fact some of the prairie was downright abstract. jack also found that texas is no place to escape the watchful eye of his future father-in-law.
this is a busy texas weekend filled with tears parties and dances and their honor and san antonio, and f-uppercase-letter, a shower in austin. and lynda left room to cope with the various kitchen accessories that she received. >> i don't know how to cook but i'm sure before and hopefully when i get back, whatever i fix. [inaudible]. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
>> check and lynda returned to washington, they received it a different kind of reception, something and transform the nation's capitol into a setting. the weather may have put a damper on the football with the festivities were not slowed middle east. in the least. they reference snows but the realization of that she would soon be leaving the home or she has spent the last four years and she and chuck did well with the dozens of staff members to keep the white house moving and not only do the make the presidents house function it as they seek the executive power but they also ensure that experiences a home. ♪ ♪♪
before chuck's proposal to lynda, no one ever heard of the social paid and fewer still would give up the job in texas and lynda perhaps send a nap past pretty. >> one of the things we have to do is make people feel at ease a lot of people coming to the white house half and i think that's what we hope to do. philip more at home and to instill this to the guest from the first family. what type does. on four occasions starting in 1842, these room is provided white house weddings in each case, transforming this whole into a comfortable setting for the marriage ceremony and in each case, the planners with
elegant and rich tradition of the white house ceremony has remained constant since the wedding of the first presidential daughters in the year 1820. and they give to the magnificent coffee services one of the highlights of the memorable evening and evening that was late with an international accident dean of the diplomatic it ambassadors presented it handsome pattern service as a gift from the world than ambassador to washington. receiving the diplomatic accord during the early years of the
presidency, and relatively simple matter in the administration of john adams, recredited to the republic. and today along with a host, chuck and lynda discovered that the number had grown somewhat and as a matter of fact of the rights of the diplomatic corps had swelled - 117. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ both washington and they honored chuck in the formal reception in and the powerful - and now their social calendar would be for an upcoming event that did not seem to fit in that category. [inaudible]. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
[laughing] >> get my picture on the back side of the box. your father forgot about this and he wants to make it a special occasion so the group -- i thought i would read this. it says the president in a surprise move named captain charles robb to replace retiring -- [inaudible] [applause] >> and commandant of the marine
corps. isn't it wonderful you can recognize -- [laughing] >> i think both of us are very serious. we understand the ramifications of so many of the things that are taking place. i would say both of us could be described on the serious side of the spectrum as opposed to the completely day and carefree. >> i am basically melancholic. >> i think both of us are very serious. >> where both fairly serious, fairly quiet. >> i would say both of us could be described on the serious side. >> melancholy. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> as the party reparations led chuck and lynda down the final few days before the ceremony, gifts were pouring in from friends and well-wishers across the world.
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> seven december was actually too easy, taking place simultaneously. first in a quiet gathering in the white house lynda honored her bridesmaids. on the agenda along with lots of reminiscing with the antics of linda's nephew. [laughing] >> at the same time the army-navy club chuck's friends fellow marines and future
father-in-law were toasting his last two days of bachelorhood. >> in wishing chuck the best of everything, because he deserves it, and ensure he he will get it, at this time i would like to ask you to join in a toast to the groom. a toast to the groom and discretion to you, his bachelor friends. [laughing] to chuck. >> to chuck. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> for providing our good friend chuck robb with such a wonderful bride, to the president.
and to that noble group that constitute the united states marines. >> to chuck and the united states marines. >> the information i would like -- >> this night was a special chuck's friends spared no expense. talent was sought from the highest levels of government. a a former marine private now serving as chief of protocol headed the program. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> from the bastions of milwaukee ♪ ♪ to the old north portico ♪ ♪ with a -- of talk, he stole the whole darn show ♪ ♪ as alert as in legal ♪ ♪ yet not devoid of soul ♪ ♪ he befriended every beagle a note and moved on toward his goal ♪
[laughing] ♪ he stocked the rosy garden ♪ ♪ with firm and steady pace ♪ ♪ he even begged her pardon ♪ ♪ when they met face-to-face ♪ ♪ although the goal was far away ♪ he determined to pursue it ♪ ♪ a true marine he never would say ♪ ♪ why not let george do it? [laughing] [applause] ♪ so like caesar this young captain came ♪ ♪ and conquered what he saw ♪ ♪ now he's proud to claim the title vain ♪ ♪ of united states son in law ♪
[applause] ♪ >> seem to like it was just yesterday when the lady in white attending the hospital showed us a very small object in a very pink blanket, and she was pinker than the blanket. i can still feel tonight the wonder that i i felt on that y incredible night in march. and i think it's a feeling that comes over every father with his firstborn, and that is, this is what life is really all about.
♪ ♪ ♪ >> each of these preparations, no matter how small or how detailed, becomes in its own weight an important part of the wedding, which in itself is an important part of white house history. so much so in fact, that few details escape the notice of the 500 reporters and photographers assigned to the wedding. >> with the wedding only two days away, the arrangement seem to involve read more and more to people, the social secretary and the episcopal minister who will perform the ceremony. ♪ ♪
parties ended as it begun in georgetown under the sign of the indian king. with particularly festive and intimate evening was a special offering from chuck's parents, mr. and mrs. james robb of milwaukee, wisconsin. >> i am very grateful for the generosity of the robb family and the fact that they included me this evening. in fact, i'm very grateful to the entire robb family. it has given us much more than a century share and a son to love. with also been blessed with trainee and david and wic, and we're very happy and proud to claim them all. i guess it's natural and dispose all fathers worry a little bit about the man who will go out with their daughter. of course i'm no exception. the job that i hold does have
certain advantages. [laughing] they are temporary i realize. [laughing] but chuck, i'm going to give you a very special wedding present tonight, and want to to do here in the presence of your family and your friends. and i'm now going to proceed to tear up, in your presence, all the secret service reports -- [laughing] [applause] for the reporting period.
that is of the period that you lost interest in leading us down the stairway, and you started spending your weekends at whiskey beach. [laughing] this first report starts out saturday 2 p.m., completed sunday 3 a.m. [laughing] top-secret, stamped whiskey beach. [applause] chuck, here's all your bachelor past reduced to a bunch of
wedding confetti. [laughing] [applause] this has been a delightful experience for us all this week, and particularly this has been a very pleasant evening for ms. johnson and me. our hearts are filled with many memories. our chests are swelled with pride, but the aches come up in our throats as we approach seeing our little one, our firstborn, walk away with someone else. it seemed like it was just yesterday when the lady in white attending the door at garfield hospital showed us a very small object in a very pink blanket,
and she was pinker than the blanket. and i can still feel tonight the wonder that i felt on that very incredible night in march. and i think it's a feeling that comes over every father with his firstborn, and that is, this is what life is really all about. let us drink to life old and new, to our dear beloved firstborn lynda, to the love of her life, chuck, and to all the robbs whose family life will enlarge and enrich our own, our every day of the very happy future that i know is going to be hours. and for the very happy tomorrow
♪ ♪ ♪ >> dearly beloved, we are gathered together here in the sight of god and in the face of this company to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony. which is an honorable estate,, instituted of god, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt christ and his church in which holy estate twice
adored and beautified with his presence and first miracle that he brought in cana of galilee and is committed of st. paul to be honorable among all men and, therefore, is not by any to be entered into an advisedly or lightly but reverently, discreetly, advisedly, soberly and in the fear of god. into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. if any man can show just cause why they may not lawfully be joined together, let him now speak or else hereafter forever hold his peace. i require and charge you both as he will answer of the judgment day when the secrets of all heart shall be disclosed that if either of you know any
impediment why you may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony you do now confess it. or be well assured that if any persons are joined together otherwise than as god's word does allow, their marriage is not lawful. charles, will you have this woman as i waited wife to live together after gods ordinates s holy estate of matrimony? will you love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health and forsaking all others, keep the only unto her, so long as you both shall live? >> i will. >> lynda, will you have this man as by wedded husband to live together after gods orders and the holy estate of matrimony? will you love him, comfort him, honor and keep him in sickness and in health and forsaking all others keep the only unto him,
lynda, take his right hand now. >> i, lynda, take the, charles, to my wedded husband, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poor, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part. according to gods holy ordinance and their two i give the my trough. >> bless, o lord this ring that he who gives it and she who wears it may abide by piece and continue in your favor until
their lice and through jesus christ our lord. repeat after me. with this ring id wed -- i do wed come in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy ghost. >> amen. >> amen. >> bless, o lord, this ring that she who gives it and he who wears it may abide in the eyepiece and continue in your favor until their life's end through jesus christ, our lord. with this ring id wed, in the
name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost, amen. >> amen. >> let us pray. our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. heaven. give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. amen. >> o, eternal god, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life, send your blessing upon these servants this man and this woman the way bless in your name, that
they live faithfully together may surely perform and keep the bow and covenant between then made, these rings given and received our tokens and pledges, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together and live according to your laws through jesus christ our lord dirk almighty god, creator of mankind who only is the wellspring of life the still upon these servants if it be thy will, they get an heritage of children and grant that they may see their children brought up in thy faith and fair to the honor and glory of thy name through jesus christ our lord. oh god who has so consecrated the state of matrimony that in it is represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt
christ and his church, mercifully upon these, thy servants, , that they may love, honor and cherish each other and so live together in faithfulness in patients, in wisdom and true godliness, that their whole may be a haven of blessing and a peace through the same jesus christ our lord who live and reigns with the in the holy spirit ever one god, world without end, amen. will you join your right hands now. those whom god has joined together, let no man put asunder. for as much as charles and lynda have consented together in holy wedlock and have witnessed the same before god and this company, and have given and pledged each to the other and have declared the same by giving and receiving rings and by joining hands, i i pronounce t
they are man and wife in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost. amen. will you kneel for the blessing. god the father, god the son, god the holy ghost, bless, preserve and keep you. the lord mercifully with his favorite look upon you and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace that you may so live together in this life, that in the world to come he may have life everlasting. amen. you may kiss your bride. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
congratulations from friends and relatives, and the cake cutting. ♪ >> for the first time captain robs parents were able to observe their son display his talent as a social aid captain robb was eased come present into the 500 guests, many of whom were already familiar faces at the white house. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
♪ >> nearly a century white house history was firmly in the presence of alice roosevelt long with. 61 years earlier she was married in the east room, and attending their wedding the former nellie grant also remarried in the east room in 1874. ♪ ♪ ♪ >> for captain and mrs. robb it was an unforgettable, , glorioua day filled with moments of tenderness. and for this the most important house in the nation, it was one of those rare magic events that happened only once in a lifetime.
>> let as a drink to life old and new, to our dear beloved firstborn, lynda. to the love of her life, chuck, and all the robbs whose family lives will enlarge and enrich our own for every day of the very happy future that i know is going to be ours. and for the very happy tomorrow that we will all share togethere