Alison's Writing Portfolio · On Places & Travel · On Politics

A Presidential Tour of Austin – BBC Travel

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I had a lot of fun researching A Presidential Tour of Austin, a travel story that uses President Lyndon B. Johnson as an inspiration for touring the Texas capital.  The photo above, from the archives of the LBJ Library, shows the president’s interpersonal political style  in action with the tiny Supreme Court Justice, Abe Fortas.

Whatever you think of his legacy, Johnson was at the least a political deity. And I think he knew it.  I’m sorry I couldn’t figure out a way to fit in this of-told, possibly apocryphal story: Johnson was once stopped for speeding near his Stonewall, Texas ranch.  “My God!” the policeman said, when he recognized LBJ. The president replied ”And don’t you forget it!”

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