What I Learned About LBJ Made Me Wish I Had Known Lady Bird

If it’s true at all, it’s true about Lady Bird Johnson.  She was surely the phenomenal woman behind a successful man.

 I wish I could have known her.

Now, I dearly love my new Ivanka Trump perfume –


and I even wore a bright red Make America Great Again cap to work for crazy hat day (which, I’ll have you know, was an extremely b-r-a-v-e thing to do!).brave

So, yes, it’s probably obvious that I’m a big ol’ fan of Mr. Trump, but I respect the office of the president, no matter who’s sitting in the chair, dadgum it.  (I like saying “dadgum it” sometimes.)

Since it’s been raining for days (not complaining!), we thought it would be a good time for us to visit the LBJ Presidential Library, right here in our own Austin back yard, on the campus of the University of Texas.


Even the massive building itself evokes a certain measure of patriotic reverence as you make your way up the monochromatic concrete walkway.

It only takes a couple of hours to tour the library, but you could take much longer if you wanted to.  I’m really glad we went.  There’s so much to do in Austin that a visit to a library of any kind might fall to the bottom of the vacation to-do list.  But it’s worth it.   Really worth it.  The price of admission won’t wreck your vacation or entertainment budget either.  After Mike and I paid $8 each, and Keagon got in for only $3 with his college ID, I had a tiny moment of pride, like I was a thrifty, conscientious mom providing the family with a nice little educational back-to-school outing.  Like I once felt when I got the kids and I into the zoo for free with a sack of donated canned goods.

Just as we entered the library, we got to see LBJ’s long, black presidential limousine, which helped to set our frame of historical reference.  A nice lady gave us the lowdown on each floor’s can’t-miss highlights, and off we went.  We heard the President’s actual recorded phone conversations and read framed copies of important letters.  Did you know LBJ was the first president to preserve his phone conversations, and that he encouraged Nixon to do the same?  Interesting, huh?  You can also read framed copies of important letters, like the handwritten letter from Jackie Kennedy thanking LBJ for walking behind Jack.

Jackie Kennedy letter

I learned a lot of things I didn’t already know.  One of them is that, after visiting the place that houses over 45 millions pages of her husband’s history, seeing her evening gowns and chosen china, I think I really would have liked the entrepreneurial mother of two – wife of the president of the greatest country in the entire world: Lady Bird Johnson.

Lady Bird Johnson

Such First Lady beauty – and perfect hair!

All the pictures of Mrs. Johnson were of a woman with great style and grace, and it seemed like true pride in her husband.  I’m always fond of a woman who is proud of her husband.  It just looked as though Lady Bird was certain of a few things and like she was at peace with her purpose.

I wonder if your presidential ponderings would be like mine, featuring a mixture of reflection and respect for this woman who financed her husband’s entry into his political destiny, married both of her daughters to men who served in Vietnam, was forever smiling, and who left her mark on our great state in beautiful blue flowers that pop up every spring, where trash was once thoughtlessly thrown.

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.” – Lady Bird Johnson

I bet we both would have liked her.

Encouraging intentional adventure and respect for the office,


PS:  Do you have a favorite First Lady?


Hi, there! My name is Brenda McDearmon. I created this blog for the sole purpose of encouraging a life filled with everyday intentional adventure, whether that's trying a new restaurant, enjoying a day trip in the Texas Hill Country, or being adventurously inspired in a spiritual way. Thanks so much for stopping by! Be sure and sign up to receive my weekly newsletter. It's one of my favorite ways to connect with my readers! Your devoted encourager, Brenda

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