presidency of lyndon b. johnson

anonymous asked:

Were there any Presidents to be sworn in on anything other than a bible?

John Quincy Adams and Franklin Pierce took the oath on a book of laws to represent the Constitution (not sure why they didn’t just use a copy of the Constitution), Theodore Roosevelt didn’t take the oath on anything when he was sworn in following President McKinley’s assassination, and LBJ was sworn in using a Catholic missal because they couldn’t find a Bible on Air Force One when he took the oath in Dallas before flying back to Washington after JFK’s assassination.


The 1960s were an awfully turbulent time.


1. First man on the moon.

2. Vietnamese children running from the site of a napalm attack.

3. MLK in the march from Selma to Montgomery.

4. The self immolation of a Buddhist monk in protest of governmental anti-buddhist policies in South Vietnam.

5. Flowers are placed on the bayonets at an anti-war protest, otherwise known as “flower power”.

6. Woodstock music festival, attended by an estimated half million people.

7. The Beatles

8. Marilyn Monroe, who died August 5th, 1962.

9. President John F. Kennedy.

10. Lyndon B. Johnson being sworn in to office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

“We stand ready tonight, as we have always stood in our history, to test our system against any other on the field of thought and belief and the work of peace, for on that field, freedom will never lose. We have always welcomed dissent. We have never muzzled disagreement. Pick up any afternoon paper and you will see proof of that, for the truth of this Republic’s durability tells us that men worth of the Presidency must be measured by the highest rules of responsibility.

The Presidency of this Nation is no place for a timid soul or a torpid spirit. It is the one place where a petty temper and a narrow view can never reside, for the Presidency is both a legacy from the past and a profusion of hope for the future…The basic freedoms – the world that Franklin Roosevelt envisioned and that John Kennedy worked and died for – have taken on new meaning in our time. They were not fully realized in Roosevelt’s generation, nor will we fully reach them in ours. But they are a part of our heritage.

 And from that heritage Americans must draw the goals and the guidance that are best suited to their own time. We are determined to preserve in the future what we have received from the past. But we are also aware that only by accepting the arduous, uncertain, and most of the time very lonely duty of interpreting and pursuing democracy according to our convictions of today – only then can we hope that our posterity will say to us: ‘They, too, guarded and handed on the Great Experiment’.” 

President Lyndon B. Johnson, Miami Beach, Florida, February 27, 1964

Presidents Day fun facts

Today, February 15, is President’s day in the United States! To celebrate, I’ve accrued an interesting bit of information for every American president from Washington to Obama!

George Washington is the only president so far to not be affiliated with any party.

John Adams served as a lawyer for British soldiers charged in the 1775 Boston massacre, despite his own anti-British sentiments.

Thomas Jefferson spoke 6 langauges; English, Welsh, Greek, Latin, French, and Arabic.

James Madison was the shortest president ever, standing 5'4" tall.

James Monroe had the Liberian capital city of Monrovia named after him, as he helped establish the country.

John Quincy Adams was the first president to be interviewed by a female reporter, Anne Royal, who stole the president’s clothes when he went skinny dipping and refused to give them back until he answered her questions.

Andrew Jackson’s birthplace is unknown, but it’s in one of the Carolinas.

Martin Van Buren is the only president to not speak English as his first language, he actually spoke Dutch.

William Henry Harrison died a month after becoming president.

John Tyler has two living grandsons as of 2016.

James K. Polk died the youngest of any president, not counting those that were assassinated.

Zachary Taylor was nicknamed “Old Rough and Ready” because as a soldier, he went into battle in old farm clothes instead of a uniform.

Millard Fillmore is the only president to have never had a VP for their entire presidency.

Franklin Pierce’s wife believed God didn’t want him to become president, since their son died shortly after his election.

James Buchanan sometimes bought slaves just to set them free.

Abraham Lincoln is the only president to have held a patent, on a type of buoy.

Andrew Johnson was the only Southern Senator to stay loyal to the Union during the civil war.

Ulysses S. Grant’s real first name was Hiram.

Rutherford B. Hayes was the first president to use a telephone.

James A. Garfield was the last president to be born in a log cabin.

Chester A. Arthur was accused of being born in Canada during his presidency, and the allegations have persisted to this day.

Grover Cleveland was accused of having an illegitimate child, and his detractors protested by chanting “Mama, where’s my pa? Gone to the White House, ha ha ha!”

Benjamin Harrison was the grandson of William Henry Harrison, and his presidency, although 48 times as long, was just as uneventful.

William McKinley was the first president to ride in an automobile, however, this auto was an ambulance used to transport him after he was assassinated.

Theodore Roosevelt was the first American to receive a Nobel prize, for his role on ending the Russo-Japanese war.

William H. Taft kept a cow at the White House named Pauline to provide fresh milk.

Woodrow Wilson suffered from dyslexia as a child.

Warren G. Harding entered college at age 14.

Calvin Coolidge liked to wear a cowboy hat around the White House.

Herbert Hoover has a comet named after him.

Franklin Roosevelt was diagnosed with polio after falling into the Bay of Fundy while vacationing in Canada.

Harry S Truman kept a sign on his desk that said “The buck stops here” representing how he couldn’t pass on his duties to anyone else. The other side read “I’m from Missouri”, as Truman was very proud of his home state.

Dwight Eisenhower’s reputation as a war hero made him so popular, that both parties asked him to run on their ticket.

John F. Kennedy’s father encouraged him to go into politics and become the first catholic president, which he did.

Lyndon B. Johnson owned an amphibious car that he liked to surprise foreign diplomats with by offering them a ride and then driving straight into a lake.

Richard Nixon could play five musical instruments: Piano, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, and violin.

Gerald Ford is the only president to have never been elected to any executive office, he won both the vice presidency and the presidency by accident.

Jimmy Carter won a Nobel prize in 2002 for his humanitarian work.

Ronald Reagan kept a jar of jellybeans on his desk, and he would eat them whenever he was stressed. When he became president, the Jelly Belly company introduced blueberry jelly beans so the jar on Reagan’s desk could have red, white, and blue beans.

George H.W. Bush served as VP for Reagan, an ambassador to China, and head of the CIA before becoming president.

Bill Clinton originally wanted to be a jazz musician, but was inspired to enter government after meeting JFK in 1963.

George W. Bush is the first president to have run a marathon. In 1993, he completed the Houston marathon in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 52 seconds.

Barack Obama collects Spider-Man comics.

Black history month day 20: First black SCOTUS justice Thurgood Marshall.

Thurgood Marshall was born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908. Originally his name was Thoroughgood, but he shortened it to Thurgood in second grade because he disliked spelling it. His father worked as a railroad porter and his mother as a teacher; together they instilled in him an appreciation for the United States Constitution and the rule of law.

Marshall attended Lincoln University and his classmates included Langston Hughes and Cab Calloway. At first, he did not take his studies particularly seriously, getting into some trouble. But later he became the star of the debate team and that was the beginning of his political activism. In his second year of school he participated in a sit in protest against segregation at a local movie theater.

Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 decision that ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional. He was later appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President John F. Kennedy. In 1967 President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed Marshall to the Supreme Court.


The African-American uprising known as the ‘Detroit Riots’ began on July 23, 1967. 

The rebellion was sparked when the local police arrested all of the attendees at a social club due to it not having a license. The mass arrest of the 82 African Americans inside the club enraged the on looking local residents who shortly after began to throw stones and bottles at the police officers.

The rage against another case of police injustice soon developed into a full on uprising in which shops and businesses were looted and set on fire. The president at the time, Lyndon B. Johnson, authorized the deployment of thousands of state troops to try and extinguish the protest. 43 people lost their lives, the majority being Black people shot dead by police and National Guardsmen.

While official narratives portray the event as a “riot” and paint the looting and cases of arson as random attacks, the socioeconomic and racial context cannot be denied. Black people had long been discriminated against in Detroit, and the mass arrest of the Black revelers served as the breaking point. Martin Luther King Jr said that “the riot is the language of the unheard.” The Detroit Uprising of 1967 was exactly that.

Via teleSUR English

All I could accomplish would be to make a fool of myself. I don’t hold public office. I don’t have a party position. I don’t have a party platform. I don’t have any troops. The only thing more impotent than a former President is a cut dog at a screwing match.

Former President Lyndon B. Johnson, when asked how involved he planned to be in the 1972 Presidential campaign.

(Pictured at top: Senator George McGovern, 1972 Democratic Presidential nominee, visits with former President Lyndon B. Johnson at the LBJ Ranch near Johnson City, Texas, August 22, 1972; Bottom photo: LBJ shakes hands with Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sargent Shriver at the LBJ Ranch in Texas on August 22, 1972 with Senator McGovern and Lady Bird Johnson nearby.)

Everything You Need To Know About ‘Planet Of The Apes’

From its origins as a classic film in 1968 to its present-day incarnation as an epic blockbuster trilogy, Planet Of The Apes has been one of the most influential sci-fi stories in Hollywood history. If you’re a newcomer to this beloved franchise, here are all the basics about Planet Of The Apes you need to know to get you up to speed.

The depiction of the apes in the original Planet Of The Apes movie is what made Lyndon B. Johnson stop eating apes: After seeing the intelligence and compassion of the apes in the original Planet Of The Apes film in 1968, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson was so moved that he promised to never eat another ape again. It just goes to show you that art has the power to change the world!

The entire series is an allegory for how hard it is to get capers out of the jar without spilling some of the brine they are stored in: Just as the apes living under human domination in the Planet Of The Apes films struggle to liberate themselves from imprisonment, so, too, do capers willingly roll out of the jar when you tilt it. But the apes’ liberation comes with a cost of immense bloodshed, which can also be thought of as the caper water that spills out of the jar along with the capers. In a poetic twist, once the apes have assumed their place as the supreme rulers of Earth, the cycle of subjugation and revolution continues—only this time they are the frustrated chefs hoping to get some capers out of the jar.

Charlton Heston agreed to play the lead in the original Apes movie only on the condition that the film could end on him screaming at the Statue of Liberty: The acting legend was difficult to bring onboard, but after tense negations, Heston finally agreed to play the role of George Taylor only if the film ended with him yelling obscenities at the Statue of Liberty in order to, as Heston put it, “Teach that huge green lady a lesson.” Heston refused to accept monetary compensation for his role in the film, claiming that the opportunity to shout “Goddamn you!” at the Statue of Liberty and call her a “maniac” was payment enough.

The original Planet Of The Apes was banned from wide release in France for containing no naughtiness of any kind: The French public was shocked and appalled by the notion of a film that contained no tasteful or humorous nudity or brief trysts in a hillside cottage rife with ribald humor about words that sound like “penis.” The film was eventually banned from wide release after it was announced that Charlton Heston never once even goes to press his face against a buxom woman’s breasts only to have them replaced by a cow’s buttocks at the last moment.

The title of the 1968 film was originally called Planet Of The Apes And Of One Big, Living Car: Producers of the first Planet Of The Apes film originally set out to tell the story of a planet dominated by hyper-intelligent apes and a single, gigantic car that was alive and could experience emotions. This was the Big, Living Car, and he could speak, but he could not read. In the first draft of the screenplay, the Big, Living Car was meant to be Charlton Heston’s love interest, and at the end of the movie, the Big, Living Car was meant to say, “What is a human being except a small, hairless car?” before the Big, Living Car and Charlton Heston have sex with each other in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, on the first day of filming, the Big, Living Car exploded, and so filmmakers were forced to cut him from the movie.

onuki  asked:

on this day in 1964, president Lyndon B. Johnson signs Civil Rights Act & Voting Rights Act into law and all this idiot does on this day of history is post a meme video of him beating up cnn good god!!!

how shameful. of course his focus is on his weird obsession with “fake news” and not REAL LIFE events.