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OCTOBER | 2009

The Incurable Vietnam Syndrome
Max Boot
President George H.W. Bush thought that after the victory in the Gulf war we had "kicked the Vietnam syndrome once and for all." How wrong he was. [read more...]

Hoppy's Commentary
By Hoppy Kercheva
Lyndon Johnson once said of the paradox of the Presidency, "If one morning I walked on top of the water across the Potomac River, the headline that afternoon would read "President Can't Swim." [read more...]

Foreign Policy
Lessons in Disaster
By Gordon M. Goldstein
There's an unofficial book club in the White House these days, George Stephanopoulos reported late last month, and the manuscript in question could not be more pertinent. [read more...]

The New York Times
A Nation at Odds Over Health Care
I’m not of Medicare age, but I clearly remember when Lyndon B. Johnson and legislators and supporters across the country, most of them well under retirement age, fought valiantly to create Medicare. [read more...]

Robert Dallek, Presidential Historian & Author
by Robert Dallek
Robert Dallek, Presidential Historian & Author, examines possible parallels between the wars in Afghanistan and Viet Nam, and the dangers of making such comparisons. [read more...]

Arkansas Times
Getting it done
By Ernest Dumas
In some ways the good old days were just that. Forceful men who were elected to the government got things done to meet the needs of the citizenry. [read more...]


Can I Just Tell You?
by Michel Martin
He shared how LBJ went about finding out what was going on in the country once he was in the White House, and how he went about defusing tense situations, and how very hard he had worked on the cause of civil rights. [read more...]

Can I Just Tell You?
by Michel Martin
He shared how LBJ went about finding out what was going on in the country once he was in the White House, and how he went about defusing tense situations, and how very hard he had worked on the cause of civil rights. [read more...]

The Washington Post
Photographer Caught Candids of Presidents; Nurse Taught at Quantico
By Patricia Sullivan
Mr. Kightlinger, who served in the Army Signal Corps in the Korean War, was an official White House photographer during five administrations, from Lyndon B. Johnson's to Ronald Reagan's. [read more...]

The Daily Texan
Astronaut offers inspiring advice
Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former president Lyndon Baines Johnson, who was a heavy supporter of the country’s space program, introduced Cernan, a former astronaut, Monday night to a crowd gathered in the auditorium on campus bearing the former president’s name. [read more...]

The Financial Times
To succeed, Obama needs to channel his inner LBJ
By Steven Hill
LBJ has been one of America's most underrated presidents. He held the office for most of the 1960s, a tumultuous decade when the nation was torn by race riots and the struggle for civil rights. [read more...]

The New York Times
Obamacare Can't Win an All-In Wager
The fate of the Obama health care initiative could rest in large part with some members of his party’s left wing, who threaten to let the perfect be the enemy of the good. [read more...]

Newsweek, Inc.
Better Angels and Arm Twisters
Lyndon Johnson was a master of the legislative arts, having served as Senate majority leader before moving to the White House. [read more...]

USA Today
Obama should emulate LBJ
The president won’t win health care reform with Ted Kennedy’s memory alone. As Johnson learned in the battle for the civil rights bill, at some point, it’s time to lead the fight. [read more...]

Public News Service
3.4 Million Nevada Acres Protected as Wilderness Act Turns 45
LAS VEGAS - It was 45 years ago today (Thursday) that President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act into law. [read more...]

The Reporter
Is Obama another LBJ?
The real comparison is with LBJ, and even there Obama comes off as a poor cousin. Both were considered liberal Democrats. [read more...]

AUGUST | 2009

Show Some Spine, Mr. President
If Obama wants to win, he could tear a page out of Lyndon B. Johnson’s book on sure-fire ways to overcome congressional resistance. [read more...]

Senator Kennedy, RIP
I first visited the Senate in 1960, in time to see Lyndon Johnson in action. Johnson was the most important Senator of his era. Ted Kennedy may well be the most important Senator since LBJ. [read more...]

Austin Woman Magazine
Love Blossoms for Flowers
After seven years as director of the LBJ Library and Museum, Flowers – the multi-talented poet, professor, mythologist, writer, editor, orator and corporate consultant – is creating a new life in New York City with her partner Bill Bradley, the multi-talented Hall of Fame basketball player, Rhodes Scholar, writer, former U.S. Senator from New Jersey and former presidential candidate. [read more...]

The New York Times
Could Afghanistan Become Obama’s Vietnam?
Yet what if they got the wrong predecessor? What if Mr. Obama is fated to be another Lyndon B. Johnson instead? [read more...]

CBS News
LBJ's "Old School" Approach to Congress
Lyndon Johnson was the best there ever was at getting Congress off the dime. The civil rights bills he passed are just part of the proof and it got some of us wondering how LBJ would have handled the current health care mess. [read more...]

Commentary: What LBJ would do
President Lyndon B. Johnson secured passage of Medicare, the Voting Rights Act and other milestone legislation. [read more...]

What Harry Reid Could Learn from L.B.J.
Whatever else he is, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is no Lyndon Johnson. If he were—if he had but a tenth of the personal force and political will L.B.J. had during his years in the Senate—the country already would have health-care legislation on the books. [read more...]

Today in Civil Rights History: The Voting Rights Act becomes Law
Forty-four years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) into law, marking a historic turning point in civil rights history. [read more...]

History News Network
Stanton Peele: LBJ Makes A Comeback
It's good to be reminded that the man who was forced to abandon the presidency because of his hot pursuit of victory in Vietnam passed both the first meaningful civil rights legislation in American history (followed by voting rights legislation), and created Medicare (as well as Medicaid), and much, much more. [read more...]

JULY | 2009

Wilson, FDR and LBJ knew how to work Congress
Lyndon Johnson was famous for “the treatment,” keeping in close and constant contact with key legislators until deals were made. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
America's anchor and the nation's 'most trusted man'
Walter Cronkite, "the most trusted man in America," once told the American-Statesman that the moon landing was the most important story he covered in his long journalism career. [read more...]

The Epic Story of the First Men on the Moon
No one under age 50 can really have any idea of what it felt like to follow the race to the moon. [read more...]

The Space Review
Apollo and America’s Cold War (part 2)
Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn into office only hours after John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
Majesty of Rhetoric, Magic of the Moon
A couple of weeks ago, I wandered through the commemorative "To the Moon" exhibit at the LBJ Library and Museum. It's a richly visual display, with many nifty space relics from the 1950s and 1960s. [read more...]

The New York Times
Calculus and Compassion
Lyndon Johnson, my uncle, presided over the noisy feast, and the unwrapping and the prayers. By the fire, that afternoon, he quizzed me on the cabinet he had inherited. [read more...]

Remembering the Space Race as we approach the 40th anniversary of the moon landing
For those of you who grew up in the days of the Space Race, the unofficial contest of one-up-man-ship between the former U.S.S.R. and the United States to dominate our little corner of the Universe is nothing new. The Space Race began in the late 1950s with the Soviet Union’s successful launch of its first earth-orbiting satellite, Sputnik, on October 4, 1957. [read more...]

Today in Civil Rights History: Civil Rights Act of 1964 becomes Law
Forty-five years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, and sex in public accommodations, employment, and federally funded programs. [read more...]

JUNE | 2009

The weekly Standard
Finding His Inner Lyndon Johnson
A recent Washington Post headline blared some unhappy news for the White House: "Obama Initiatives Hit Speed Bumps On Capitol Hill." Moving from popular campaign slogans like "change" to actual legislation is difficult. At one level, Obama understands this. "We've got a much longer journey to travel, and this is when it gets hard," he recently told a group of Democratic donors at a fundraiser. [read more...]

Obama Running Scared
President Lyndon Johnson had the courage to weigh in with all his clout to win passage of Medicare and Medicaid. [read more...]

Obama Running Scared
President Lyndon Johnson had the courage to weigh in with all his clout to win passage of Medicare and Medicaid. [read more...]

Waco Tribune-Herald
Editorial: Voting Rights Act still has valid role
Three years ago Congress wisely stopped an effort to pull the plug on the Voting Rights Act. Now a surprisingly unified U.S. Supreme Court has voted, 8-1, to uphold it — specifically the provision requiring federal approval for any changes in election laws or redistricting decisions in nine southern states including Texas that systematically discriminated against minority voters. [read more...]

Too bad single-payer isn't being considered
President Lyndon B. Johnson had the courage to weigh in with all his political clout to win passage of Medicare and Medicaid, star accomplishments of the Great Society. [read more...]

Orlando Sentinel
Experience Works: For low-income seniors who need jobs in Lake, Sumter
Experience Works — a program originally named Green Thumb and started in 1965 by President Lyndon Johnson to provide job placement for poor rural farmers — pays seniors minimum wage, $7.21 an hour, for training at host agencies. [read more...]

Visit LBJ’s ranch in the heart of the Hill Country in Johnson City, Texas
Whether or not you agree with the sometimes controversial politics of our
36th President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, you can not help but enjoy touring his ranch which is just outside Johnson City, Texas toward Fredericksburg. [read more...]

MAY | 2009

The Austin American-Statesman
Betty Sue Flowers leaving behind 45 years in Austin to follow her bliss
Betty Sue Flowers delivered a commencement address to Plan II Honors students last weekend at the University of Texas. She dressed in the scarlet and black ceremonial regalia. She evoked Joseph Campbell's call to "Follow Your Bliss." [read more...]

Highlights of Past Supreme Court Nominees
President Lyndon Johnson nominates sitting Justice Abe Fortas to replace Earl Warren as chief justice. Republican senators, in the minority but heartened by the possibility of capturing the presidency in the fall, launch a filibuster against the nomination. [read more...]

Dallas News
Presidential libraries
There is very little discussion of Johnson's rather well documented "manipulation" of electoral politics early in his career, for example, or of the political and economic costs associated with his Great Society reforms. [read more...]

Sotomayor: Good Choice, Obama!
In June 1967, days after President Lyndon Johnson appointed Thurgood Marshall to the Supreme Court, a note arrived at the White House from Chief Justice Earl Warren, an appointment of President Dwight Eisenhower. [read more...]

The San Marcos Mercury
Oral history exhibit at LBJ Museum held over
Show time for a multi-media exhibit that resulted from the collaborative efforts of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos and Texas State University has been extended. [read more...]

The New York Times
A Public-Private Career
I developed a passion for economics at Sidwell. In 1966, when I was 15, President Lyndon Johnson appointed Andrew Brimmer as the first black governor of the Federal Reserve system. It was my first exposure to the importance of the Fed. [read more...]

The Wall Street Journal
Choosing a New Flower Czar
Lady Bird Johnson favored wildflowers thrown in straw baskets, and placed them all around the White House. In designing a set of official White House china, Mrs. Johnson chose plates that featured wildflowers from each fifty states. [read more...]

In Vivo Blog
Lyndon Baines Obama?
This week’s White House meeting between President Obama and a coalition including insurers, the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, physicians, hospitals and others on health reform reminded us of how another president used his PR skills and White House platform to push a key health issue forward in the direction he wanted. [read more...]

Roll Call
Civil Rights Act Was Beginning of the End for GOP
Lyndon Johnson is famously quoted as observing, “There goes the South,” as he signed the Civil Rights Act. Interestingly, Vice President Joseph Biden is said to have had a very different take on what happened on July 2, 1964. [read more...]

The Houston Chronicle
Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award
With his political cards fully on the table, Sen. John McCain eloquently accepted the Lyndon Baines Johnson Moral Courage Award Monday night at the Holocaust Museum Houston annual award dinner. [read more...]

Aviation Week
Space-Law Pioneer Eilene Galloway Dead at 102
Galloway also advised Rep. John W. McCormack (D-Mass.), the House majority leader, on establishing the House Select Committee on Astronautics and Space Exploration, which recommended the creation of a national space agency. [read more...]

The New York Times
Do New York’s Plants Need a Publicist?
Lady Bird Johnson, who started a national Wildflower Week and continued to push to preserve and protect plants for decades, establishing the $10 million National Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Tex., which eventually came to bear her name. [read more...]

U.S. News
Historic Whispers: Johnson's First 100 Days
With President Obama hitting his 100-day mark this week, some have likened the progress the president has made on his agenda to that of Lyndon B. Johnson, who ascended to the presidency in November of 1963 after John F. Kennedy's assassination. So for this week's Historic Whispers, we took a look back at Johnson's first 100 days. [read more...]

The New York Times
100 Days in the Footsteps of F.D.R. and L.B.J.
All this suggests that in the months to come the most useful precedent for Mr. Obama’s presidency may not be Roosevelt’s first 100 days but the “Second Hundred Days” of Lyndon B. Johnson, the president who steered the Voting Rights Act to passage while cautioning, in a memorable speech at Howard University in June 1965, that not even the most far-reaching “rights” legislation could eradicate inequality. [read more...]

The Houston Chronicle
Racist schemes called for Voting Rights Act
But when the act was renewed in 1975, explained University of Houston political scientist Richard Murray, Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen was gearing up for a presidential race and needed support from liberals and minorities in the Democratic primary. With his blessing and with a push from formidable U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan, Texas was added to the Southern states covered. [read more...]

APRIL | 2009

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Editorial: Stopping the bleeding
Better early comparisons of Obama would be to Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson. FDR created Social Security and got America through the Depression with an ambitious agenda that he hit the ground running with in his first 100 days; he later led the nation through World War II. After President Kennedy's assassination, LBJ pushed through key civil-rights laws and created Medicare while making agonizing decisions about the war in Vietnam. [read more...]

The New York Times
Think Big, Even in Defeat
He made his wishes clear — and reassured a nation — in his address to Congress five days after that terrible moment in Dallas. The nation, he said, needed “to do away with uncertainty and doubt,” and to show that “from the brutal loss of our leader we will derive not weakness, but strength; that we can and will act and act now.” Invoking Kennedy’s famous injunction, “Let us begin,” Johnson said, “Let us continue.” [read more...]

Scoring Obama’s First 100 Day
LBJ became president on Nov. 22, 1963, so the first 100 days of his own term in 1965 aren't fully comparable. But the enactment that year of the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, the first federal aid to education, the war on poverty and an immigration bill that changed the face of America (by allowing more non-Europeans in) has not been matched in terms of transforming society. [read more...]

Sizing Up Obama's First 100 Days
Indeed, Johnson's legislative haul dwarfs anything before or since; he quickly got Congress on track to pass landmark civil rights bills and create Medicare, among other things. [read more...]

American City Business Journals
Televised Austin mayoral debate set for April 22
The debate, sponsored by the LBJ School’s Center for Politics and Governance, the LBJ School student organization CLASS and KXAN Austin News, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum. [read more...]

San Angelo Standard-Times
Conaway, Hutchison rapped for earmarks
Hutchison, R-Texas, got dinged for earmarks including $500,000 for the Manned Space Flight Education Foundation in Houston to create a virtual space community for students, as well as $2 million for the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
Tom Brokaw speaks on impact of the 1960s
The tumultuous events of the 1960s are responsible for the undercurrents in American politics today, said longtime NBC journalist Tom Brokaw, who was in Austin to speak at the University of Texas' LBJ Library on Monday evening. [read more...]

Hero of the Week: Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Texas
This week I am thrilled to honor a great American, a great African-American, a great woman and a great lesbian, Congresswoman Barbara Jordan of Texas. [read more...]

White House social secretaries discuss best and worst of presidential parties
Bess Abell was Lady Bird Johnson's social secretary during the vice presidential years, then served in the White House during the entire Johnson administration. [read more...]

CNN Politics.com
Obama's Great Society challenge
The Great Society was President Lyndon Johnson's sprawling legislative attempts in the mid-1960s to lift Americans out of poverty, erase racial injustice and clean up the environment. [read more...]

Newstreamz San Marcos
San Marcos honors LBJ centennial
San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz presented a proclamation that named April 14, as “LBJ Centennial Recognition Day,” to Texas State President Denise Trauth, in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s one hundredth birthday. [read more...]

The University of Texas at Austin
Admissions Applications Rise 35 Percent at Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin saw a 35 percent jump in applications for fall 2009 entry into its master's degree programs compared with fall 2008, the school announced today. For fall 2009, only 130 slots are available for new students. [read more...]

El Paso Times
Law to restrict billboards allows them to flourish
Lady Bird Johnson famously embedded in motorists' minds images of Burma-Shave ads and billboard clutter across America. Her worries about pristine landscape being ruined by signs led Congress to pass the Highway Beautification Act of 1965. [read more...]

The New York Times Company
Policy Agenda Poses Test for Rusty Legislative Machinery
As members of Congress and analysts look at the daunting demands for legislation emanating from the White House, some wonder if Congress is up to the task. “Do we have a Lyndon Johnson in the Senate at the moment, someone who can push through legislation?” asked Stanley E. Collender, a former top aide on Capitol Hill and a longtime observer of Congressional budget fights. “We haven’t seen it in a while.” [read more...]

Newstreamz San Marcos
San Marcos honors LBJ centennial
San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz presented a proclamation that named April 14, as “LBJ Centennial Recognition Day,” to Texas State President Denise Trauth, in honor of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s one hundredth birthday. [read more...]

The New York Times
Can Obama Be a Majority of One?
Lyndon Johnson could have warned Barack Obama that winning the support of the 535 senators and representatives, even if a majority of them share your party affiliation, wouldn’t be easy. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
Statesman's wildflower campaign begins second round
The five-year fundraiser, which kicked off in August on what would have been President Lyndon Johnson's 100th birthday, will continue through 2012, when Mrs. Johnson would have turned 100. Today, Lady Bird's Legacy begins its second round of fundraising. [read more...]

MARCH | 2009

Victoria Advocate
LBJ shook the world 41 years ago today
That was 41 years ago tonight, and I can still remember vividly those stunning words coming from the television, which I was glued to in hopes of hearing something positive about the Vietnam War. [read more...]

The Austin Chronicle
Under the Stars and Maybe Some Space Aliens
Luckily for those of us who missed out on all that 1950s sci-fun, this Friday the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, in conjunction with the Alamo Drafthouse's Rolling Roadshow, is presenting the next best thing: an outdoor screening of The War of the Worlds on the LBJ Library lawn via the Alamo's 40-foot-by-60-foot road-show screen. [read more...]

Blanco County News
National Historical Park a True Treasure
Often it is easy to forget about what is close to our homes that make the Texas Hill Country a very special place. As we go about our daily lives, we can overlook opportunities for recreation and education that are right on our doorsteps. Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park is one of those opportunities, and half of the park is located right in Blanco County. [read more...]

Leelanau News
Even wildflowers could use a little bailout help
Lady Bird Johnson was my favorite because she’s the only first lady with a degree in journalism, and could arguably be called the most important figure in the history of environmentalism since she inspired the passage of the Beautification Act of 1965. [read more...]

U.S. News
The First 100 Days: Lyndon Johnson Fulfilled Kennedy's Legacy
Lyndon B. Johnson had a specific objective in mind that guided his presidency from the start—to out-do Franklin D. Roosevelt as the champion of everyday Americans. [read more...]

Welcome aboard Air Force One
As LBJ was sworn in as the 36th President of the United States. [read more...]

History News Network
David Stokes: Lessons From Lyndon’s Successful Failure
When Lyndon Johnson was a boy growing up near the Pedernales River in the Texas hill country his parents would regularly play a record on their Victrola. [read more...]


The Washington Post
Death and Texas
In 1845, the second-largest independent country in North America, the Republic of Texas, held its nose, took a deep breath and merged with its upstart eastern neighbor, the United States. [read more...]

The Daily Texan
LBJ Library replays voting speech
The LBJ Library atrium on Monday offered a rare showing of former President Lyndon Johnson’s speech pressing Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. [read more...]

The Washington Post
A Strong Economics Speech
Lyndon Johnson stood in the same place to give his voting rights address, declaring, “At times history and fate meet at a single time in a single place to shape a turning point in man’s unending search for freedom. So it was at Lexington and Concord. [read more...]

The Huffington Post
‘Great Society’ Plan for the Middle Class
She mentioned, for example, Lyndon Johnson who signed the Civil Rights Act in that very same room a half-century earlier, when the current First Lady was herself but a nine-month year old child. [read more...]

The New York Times
Michelle Obama, First Ladies and African-American History
Opponents of President Obama’s proposal for a sweeping new government activism in the economy call it a return to a traditional tax-and-spend philosophy, a step back to the era of Lyndon B. Johnson. [read more...]

The Washington Post
Until We Have a Playoff System, Bush Is Stuck at No. 36
There was little movement among the usual crowd in the top tier, led by Abraham Lincoln. Ronald Reagan, who placed 11th in 2000, moved up to 10th, switching places with Lyndon B. Johnson. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
LBJ Library director stepping down
Betty Sue Flowers, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum for the past seven years, announced today that she has decided to step down, effective May 22. [read more...]

LBJ Library director stepping down
Dr. Betty Sue Flowers has directed the Library and Museum since 2002. [read more...]

Austin Business Journal
LBJ Library Director Flowers departing
Betty Sue Flowers, director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum since 2002, is leaving that post in May. [read more...]

The New York Times
When the World Knocks at the White House Door
At the start of his presidential term in 1913, Woodrow Wilson said prophetically, “It would be the irony of fate if my administration had to deal chiefly with foreign affairs.” [read more...]

The Wall Street Journal
On Not Being a Dove
In the summer of 1966 on Martha's Vineyard, where the mail was rendered sticky and soft by the damp salt air, as if permeated by a melting island unreality. [read more...]

The Canberra Times
Obama risks going down in history
That generation of American officers learned two things from their miserable experience in Vietnam. One was that going halfway around the world to fight a conventional military campaign against an ideology (communism then, Islamism now) was a truly stupid idea. [read more...]

JANUARY | 2009

The Daily Toreador
Mike Graham
Many communities and representatives of industries organize events in Austin with state representatives to inform the representatives about their respective communities and business interests, Johnson said. [read more...]

Baltimore Examiner
Fiesta Bowl
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the east side of campus is one of just 12 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration. [read more...]


'The nurses' birthed a better place at Stinking Creek
President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty" brought billions of dollars in federal aid to the Appalachian region, from food stamps and health insurance for poor children to Head Start early-education programs and payments for men who suffered from black lung disease after mining the coal-packed mountains. [read more...]

The American Conservative
The Democracy Worshipers
Russell Kirk saw it coming. As the Cold War was winding down, the father of modern conservatism was invited to the Heritage Foundation to lecture on America’s brightening prospects. [read more...]

MyFox Washington DC
Former White House Butler Reflects on Decades of Service
Bowen worked as a White House butler under nine presidents; he says Lyndon Johnson was his favorite and was even an invited guest at the President's ranch. [read more...]

OCTOBER | 2008

Former astronaut Alan Bean embarks on artistic voyage
Bean's art is on display at the LBJ Library and Museum at the University of Texas
After he became an astronaut, he took evening art classes as his pilot training allowed. But once he left NASA in 1981 after 18 years, Bean began his artistic career in earnest, mining his own memories to capture images of faraway worlds. [read more...]

NZ Herald: New Zealand National news
Astronaut on a colourful voyage to another world
Alan Bean always had a creative streak: as a child, tinkering with his model airplanes until they became perfect little replicas of the real thing and later, proposing aircraft paint designs during his military career. [read more...]

Flowers, Director of LBJ Library and Museum
Professor, director, Distinguished Teaching Professional and consultant. [download PDF...]

JUNE | 2008

Knoxville News Sentinel
Austin: Resplendent with nature, Texas capitol reverberates with sound
As the Colorado River stair-steps through the splendid green hills of Central Texas, it makes wide bends through downtown, catching the sparkling reflection of the vibrant city. Lady Bird Lake, as the river is called by locals, gives this place its definitive aura of openness and freedom. [read more...]

MAY | 2008

The Daily Texan
Editorial: Lesson from LBJ Library
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum released 13 hours of President Johnson's recorded telephone conversations Thursday. [read more...]

Newly released LBJ tapes reveal a 'nightmarish' '68
President Lyndon B. Johnson once observed that 1968 "was one of the most agonizing years any president ever spent in the White House." [read more...]

APRIL | 2008

The Dallas Morning News
Editorial: Lesson from LBJ Library
Today, the LBJ Library is impressive and respected. It earned that reputation by embracing a nuanced portrayal of the president and opening its doors to scholars whose research has added perspective to a complex legacy. [read more...]

The Dallas Morning News
Curators of Bush Library at SMU can learn from history of LBJ museum
Looking back almost 40 years, the director of Texas' first presidential library says he should have been tougher on Lyndon Baines Johnson. [read more...]

Portrait of LBJ unveiled at presidential library
A portrait of Lyndon Johnson was unveiled Tuesday morning at the library on the UT campus. [read more...]

Fox 7 News
Rare LBJ Portrait Unveiled
A rare portrait of former president Lyndon Johnson was unveiled at the LBJ Library and Museum. [read more...]

The Daily Texan
Family friend donates Johnson portrait to LBJ Library
A portrait of former President Lyndon Baines Johnson was donated to the LBJ Library and Museum by a prominent cardiologist and civic leader from San Antonio. [read more...]

Portrait of LBJ unveiled at presidential library
Jesse Treviño was a 16-year-old Fox Tech student in 1962 when he painted a portrait of a pensive vice president from a black-and-white picture in the newspaper. [read more...]

The Austin American-Statesman
Donated LBJ portrait created by teen in 1960s
History ties artist Jesse Treviño and his subject intimately to each other in his 1962 portrait of President Lyndon Johnson. [read more...]

Robert Rivard: Portrait of a president provides a canvas for a San Antonio story
San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño sat quietly during most of the lunch held in his honor last week at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum at the University of Texas. [read more...]

PBS Online Newshour
PBS Online Newshour 1968: Turning Point in History
Under the weight of an unpopular war, President Johnson announced on March 31, 1968 that he would not seek another term. [read more...]