Civil rights meeting. [LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto. #W425-34]

LBJ visitors say Johnson, King helped pave the way for Obama

Jan 22, 2013

by Jim Bergamo 

[posted on January 21, 2013 on kvue.com]

The official presidential inauguration party was at the national mall in Washington D.C. Here in Austin, those visiting the LBJ Library and Museum this MLK day couldn't help but see how our current president is tied to our 36th president, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"That ultimately is the reason Obama is president today, because of the rights of the civil rights movement," said Rakesh Ganeriwala, an Austin resident. "That allowed Obama to enter politics and eventually run for president and become elected."

Some people KVUE talked to said both LBJ and MLK knew -- at the time -- the push for civil rights would be extremely difficult, but neither wavered nor backed down from what they believed was right. read more