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.
“This nation asks for action, and action now.”
-Franklin Roosevelt, Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933
In his inaugural address, FDR demanded “action, and action now” to fight the Great Depression. He did not waste any time in delivering on that promise. On his first full day in office he called Congress into special session. He had promised Americans a New Deal. Now he began to construct it.
Roosevelt’s New Deal would touch virtually every aspect of American economic life and forever change the role of the Federal Government in the lives of Americans.
225th Anniversary of the First Congress: We’ll be posting documents and stories highlighting the establishment of the new government under the Constitution through March 2016.
As recorded in the first House Journal, only eleven representatives were present on March 4, 1789, the first day of the First Congress under the Constitution. Neither the House nor the Senate had enough members present to attain a quorum, so they adjourned from day to day until they could proceed with official business.
House Journal of the First Congress, First Session, 3/4/1789, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
Today in History — Winston Churchill Delivers his “Iron Curtain” Speech
On March 5, 1946, Winston Churchill spoke at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. President Harry S. Truman introduced the former British Prime Minister who then delivered one of the most memorable speeches of the twentieth century.
Reporters were given advance copies; however, deliberately omitted from those copies was the part of the address where Churchill used the term “iron curtain.”
Churchill warned that Joseph Stalin was intent on cutting off all of Eastern Europe from the West in order to establish communist domination through the region. Read More
Photo: President Truman at Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” Speech
-from the Truman Library
Breaking News — President Barack Obama will join former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library.
The White House announced today that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the Summit with the President.
The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans.
President Obama will be joined by three former Presidents who will also deliver remarks at the Civil Rights Summit: Jimmy Carter will speak on April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on the evening of April 10.
Go to www.civilrightssummit.org to learn more.
-from the LBJ Library
Thrilled about this upcoming historic event!
President Ford works in the Oval Office on January 27, 1976.
-from the Ford Library
John Steinbeck was born on this day, February 27, 1902. A letter from the author to JFK:
A letter from author John Steinbeck to President Kennedy, thanking him for his dedication to the arts.
(From the White House Central Subject Files, Box 711, Folder: PP 6-1 Entertainers)
Johnny Cash was born on this day, February 26, 1932.
In honor of Cash’s birthday, here’s a photo of Johnny and June Carter Cash with President Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office of the White House.
Photo: Jimmy Carter and Johnny Cash and family. 6/14/77.
-from the Carter Library
What’s your favorite Johnny Cash song?