Matthew McConaughey Has a Presidents’ Day Gift For You

Feb 18, 2013

by Jeff Salamon

[posted on TexasMonthly.com on February 18, 2013]

We all look at the Matthew McConaughey of today—the one who honorably labors on art films like Bernie and Mud (films of such apparently modest means that they could only afford one word in their titles)—a lot differently than we did ten years ago, when he often seemed content to flex his pecs and his pearly whites alongside the likes of Kate Hudson and Jennifer Lopez. He's less of a star and more of an actor now, and the phrase "Matthew McConaughey vehicle" no longer carries any baggage.

So it's fitting that on this Presidents' Day McConaughey will encourage us to similarly reconsider the career of another misunderstood Texan. Today, a handful of television stations will start running a PSA for the newly renovated LBJ Presidential Libary in which McConaughey hails our 36th president. "How do you define a legacy?" McConaughey asks, standing in front of LBJ's White House desk. "Is it what you leave behind or what you stand for? Is it the laws you pass, or the lives you change? Is it the wars you fight, or the battles you win?" (Actually, it's all of the above, isn't it?) read more