President George W. Bush Signs Bill naming the Education Building

Mar 23, 2007

President George W. Bush Signs Bill naming the Education Building in Washington, DC, after former President Lyndon B. Johnson

Today President George W. Bush signed a law naming the Education Building in Washington, DC, after former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb, daughters of the former President, along with members of their families, attended the ceremony in the Oval Office as President Bush signed the legislation at the White House.

Shortly before the ceremony, President Bush telephoned Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson at her home in Austin, Texas, to offer congratulations and allowed her to hear the remarks made at the signing. Mrs. Johnson, 94, did not travel to Washington, DC, but issued a statement through a spokesperson." This will be a fitting tribute to Lyndon who worked so hard to make life better for so many, and - were he alive - I can think of nothing that would please him more! Lyndon wanted so much for the children of our country to have a healthy and rewarding life, and he believed that education was the key to fulfilling that hope. His life was about education, and I believe that he would have wished to be remembered as the "Education" President.

Johnson was a teacher in Cotulla, a small South Texas town, from 1928-29; most of his students were Hispanic and poor. This classroom experience had a significant impact on the young Johnson. Later, when he had political power, he used it to create educational programs to help lift people out of poverty, earning the description, the teacher who became President.

President Johnson backed more than 60 bills and programs to benefit education, from pre-school through higher education. Among those: Head Start, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the Higher Education Act, Vocational Education Act, the Library Services Act, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964.