UT Austin’s LBJ library shares common characteristics with Bush Center
Mar 26, 2013
Lyndon Baines Johnson stepped before a joint session of Congress to a booming round of applause on the eve of Thanksgiving 1963.
He waited for the clapping to subside then looks down, released a resigned sigh and began to speak.
“All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today,” Johnson said.
But he had to be there.
He had to be there outside St. Matthew’s Cathedral two days earlier, marching alongside heads of state and royal family members.
He had to be there on Air Force One to take the oath of office and assume the responsibilities of a presidency that wasn’t supposed to be his.
And now, nearly fifty years after that day, he’s still there.
Johnson may be gone, but the legacy behind the man is housed at the University of Texas at Austin campus within the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library.
As the opening of the Bush Center draws near, details from other presidential libraries may shed light on what to expect when the center opens to the public on May 1. read more