A Whitehouse Diary Author:Claudia T. "Lady Bird" Johnson From jacket flaps: — "...a lovely girl with ideals, principles, intelligence..." LYNDON JOHNSON in 1934 — For five years and two months, the period of Lyndon Johnson's Presidency, Lady Bird Johnson kept a record of events great and small, public and personal. No other First Lady has so thoroughly and honestly chronicled her days in the White Hou... more »se, nor has it heretofore been possible to have an inside portrait of those exciting years--shown here in a style that is at once pungent, candid, vivid, and warm.
From November 22, 1963, when the tragedy in Dallas unexpectedly altered the Johnson's lives, to January 20, 1969, when her husband left office, Lady Bird Johnson lived in closest proximity to the most powerful man in the world. The Johnsons had been married for nearly thirty years when they moved with their two young daughters from their comfortable private home, The Elms, to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. No transition could have been sharper, and it is described here in her own poignant, eyewitness narrative of the assassination and its aftermath and continues with het impressions of the intense activity that characterized the period of transition.
While the Presidency and affairs of state comprise much of "A White House Diary," it is essentially the story of a wife and mother managing the busiest household in the world--from the details of moving to a new home to the emotional adjustments of her family as it faces the responsibility of being the nation's First Family
As First Lady, Mrs. Johnson was a devoted and valued adviser and comforter to her husband, who served his country under immense pressures during one of the most turbulent periods in American history. Again and again in these pages she proves herself a decisive, intelligent woman as she brings attention and focus on her own special interests--beautification and the arts, at the grass0roots level. A campaigner in her won right, as her successful Whistlestop tour during the 1964 campaign demonstrated, she helped awaken the nation to increasing problems of poverty and the need for better education--speaking out in muted tones as the President's most effective and charming ambassadress.
This diary provides ample evidence that Lady Bird Johnson is one of the most remarkable women to have occupied the White House. Her place in history is secure as one of the great ladies of our time.« less