Love him or hate him, Lyndon Johnson was President of the U.S. during an important time in our country’s history. I have (quite distantly, mind you) some odd links to Johnson:
I. While serving in the Army (as a Chaplain Asst.) during 1987-1990, we took a field trip to Johnson City, Texas to visit his childhood home. Just off the front porch, there was a long bench, cut at a right angle where his mother (who taught Speech) would lecture her students. Johnson gave his first political speech while standing on that porch to a gathering of people. Reportedly, when he turned around (seeking a nod of approval from his mother), she said, ‘If your speaking doesn’t get any better than that, you’ll never go anywhere in politics.’
II. During the early 1990’s, I worked part-time at a nursing home located near the campus of Tyler Junior College. One of our patients there, a very smart elderly lady who’d worked many years as a school teacher said her sister went to college with Johnson. She told me numerous times how her sister joked that Johnson never had a pencil when he came to class, and would have to bum one from his classmates.
III. Some time after that, while working for a mental health agency in Tyler, I worked with a guy who was the Director of Operations for the Peace Corps in Micronesia during the late 60’s. Johnson was VERY DEVOTED to the Peace Corps. This guy mentioned a time when Johnson was on a huge recruitment push for them and told one of their top brass during a big meeting, ‘Over the next two days, when I walk past your office, I’d better see a phone up to your ear.’
All, this to say: this article rings LOUDLY with me. We (and yes, I mean WE) talk about Donald Trump’s braggadocio and what-not, but Johnson (devout Democrat) was no wall flower!