Here’s a little chocolate treat for Valentine’s Day:
Do you watch the utterly fascinating First Ladies series on C-Span? The most recent offering there is Lady Bird Johnson so you know that I DVR’d it and watched it more than once. Oh it was a fabulous thing – my only quibble is that they showcased Lynda Bird’s snoozefest of a wedding instead of Luci Baines’ extravaganza on the flimsy pretext that Lynda’s was a White House wedding and Luci only had her reception there.
C-Span has found a stayle that works and they do not ever veer away from it. And that style is Talking Heads. The first Ladies’ Series is remarkable in that it features accomplished women commentators who live as God intended – no botox, not face lifts, no hair extensions, in fact there is precious little hair fussing to be seen. The make up is minimal – pancake to keep down the facial shine, one shade of lipstick to suit all and a heavy hand with the eyeliner.
I don’t mind the wrinkles so much. It’s quite refreshing, actually – I am pretty sick of women of a certain age with faces stretched shiny from regular injections and cartoonishly plumped lips. I get the whole thing about studio lighting but tut this eyeliner is killing me.
Love your cute little baby ears, Lyndon.
photo found at Our Presidents
Happy Birthday, LBJ!
On August 27th, the LBJ Library and Museum will offer birthday cake and refreshments so that visitors can commemorate the birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson. He would have been 105 years old.
Ah Lyndon. there was nobody else like him.
Here’s two lovely little birthday videos from 1964. I can’t get the audio on either one of them. It is a pity.
In 1964, LBJ cuts his birthday cake in the shape of the United States.link
LBJ at his birthday party in Atlantic City, is greeted by crowd in various national dress. One group begins to sing “Happy Birthday.” Sign says Happy Birthday. link
Update: Here’s the NBC footage of that same birthday celebration at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City. this one has audio and a few bonus moments:
- Danny Thomas glomming onto LBJ’s arm for the march to the cake then photobombing the cake cutting itself
- An orchid corsage pinned to Lady Bird’s trim handbag
- Lyndon laughing as he waves a big knife in the general direction of the Kennedys
These are the drafts that I have recently started in my blogging folder:
- Red Crossed – a rant against the money-grubbing Red Cross and how they decide to use your donations. You’re not giving money for what you think you are. Try to guess how I feel about the Red Cross.
- Dear Barack – about the note that the Boston Bomber wrote to serve as his last will and testament as he was being surrounded in that boat. Key words: martyr, retribution for U.S. military action, “collateral damage”
- The Other Half – husbands who have predicable and annoying standard responses when you ask them any question. What do you mean ask them any question? What do you mean just what I said? What do you mean you can’t stand it anymore?
- The Brother-In-Laws of Joan Baez – this one I am really going to finish one day. It involves a seaside hippie nature wedding of one of her sisters where the wedding dress was a designer original.
- Uh Oh- Breaking news about a shortage of dialysis tubes after an Italian earthquake. Because who doesn’t want to keep informed about global dialysis news?
There are about 20 more but I am ignoring them all to devote my time to something much more important.
Opening today at the LBJ Library
link via OurPesidents*
*I’m not linking them because today is the founding of the Red Cross in 1881 and they chose to go with a picture of a dead Kennedy instead of The Angel Of The Battlefield. Here – let me fix that:
I wonder who had the job of waking him up for the Boston bomber press conference last night?
Does anyone else think he was wearing his pajamas under that suit?
Did you ever see a more mournful expresssion on a US President making a statement of national interest ever? Ever?
- Harry Truman tells America about the bombing of Hiroshma:
- FDR declaring war after the bombing of Pearl Harbor:
- LBJ and a dozen other mourners after the Kennedy assassination:
- Barry Sotero pulled out of bed and forced to compliment the (stupid) Boston police during a pitch-perfect speech that he obviously had nothing to do with creating: