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A New Look at LBJ’s Legacy

Aug 24, 2012

Monday would have been the 104th birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson. His Presidential library and museum here in Austin will be honoring the 36th President with cake and refreshments. The library’s undergoing some renovations right now, and its director says the same might be due for LBJ’s legacy. Mark Updegrove talked recently with KUT’s Jennifer Stayton, saying that Johnson’s Presidential record needs a closer look.

"The fact is he was the most powerful senate majority leader of his time and the President with the most effect on our lives today. In the last 50 years, there’s been no resident who has had a greater impact on our lives than LBJ, because, not because he was ruthless, but because he understood how to get things done. And in Washington, that means understanding how to work with your colleagues. Collegiality is incredibly important in the halls of Congress, and so is compromise. And he understood those things."

Updegrove will be speaking Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave. His book is Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.