Lyndon B. Johnson was elected Vice President as John F. Kennedy's running mate in 1960, and when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Johnson was sworn in as President.
During his 1964 campaign, he portrayed his opponent Barry Goldwater as a warmonger who, if elected president, would start a nuclear war.
A heavy smoker, Johnson had already suffered two major heart attacks before becoming President at the age of fifty-five.
Johnson, while using the White House bathroom, was known to insist that others accompany him and continue to discuss official matters, take dictation, or another convenient pretense.
The only American president to have ever visited Malaysia.
He was named after W.C. Linden, a lawyer and family friend.
Lyndon B. Johnson was once engaged to the daughter of a Texas Ku Klux Klan leader. He broke it off when he heard what her father had said about him.
He rejected his official portrait painting, saying it was "the ugliest thing I ever saw."
Johnson and his wife, "Lady Byrd", were married with a $2.50 wedding ring bought at Sears.
He liked to take visitors on 90 mph rides around his Texas ranch in his Lincoln Continental.
He died one mile from the house he was born in.
His favorite foods were canned green peas and tapioca.
Johnson loved the soda Fresca so much that he had a fountain installed in the Oval Office that would dispense the soda at the push of a button.
He was the youngest senate majority leader.
Almost every family member's name was initialed LBJ- Lyndon Baines, Lady Bird, Lynda Bird, and Luci Baines.
The Johnson family saved tons of money on monogramming items.
When approached by a reporter and asked a question he didn't like, he replied, "Why do you come and ask me, the leader of the Western world, a chicken-sh*t question like that?"
Johnson was the only president to take the Oath of Office on an airplane from a woman.
Lyndon B. Johnson: 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.
Lyndon B. Johnson: (Inaugural Address, January 20, 1965) On this occasion the oath I have taken before you and before God is not mine alone, but ours together. We are one nation and one people. Our fate as a nation and our future as a people rest not upon one citizen but upon all citizens.
Lyndon B. Johnson: (March 31, 1968) I shall not seek, and I will not accept, the nomination of my party for another term as your President.
Lyndon B. Johnson: We know that most people's intentions are good. We don't question their motives, we've never said they're unpatriotic. Although they say some pretty ugly things about us. And we believe very strongly on preserving the right to differ in this country, and the right to dissent, and if I have done a good job of anything since I've been president, it's to insure that there are plenty of dissenters.
Lyndon B. Johnson: News Conference, July 28, 1965 I do not find it easy to send the flower of our youth, our finest young men, into battle.
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