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Bush signs bill honoring LBJ
Houston Chronicle/AP ^ | March 23, 2007 | SUZANNE GAMBOA

Posted on 03/23/2007 4:55:08 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

WASHINGTON — Its front entrance now touts President Bush's education policy, but the Education Department headquarters will one day honor Lyndon Baines Johnson and his work to improve U.S. schools.

Bush signed legislation Friday naming the agency's offices after the follow Texan, with 17 members of the Johnson family looking on.

Johnson's children, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb and their spouses, their children and grandchildren gathered at the Oval Office for the signing that was not open to reporters. First lady Laura Bush also attended.

Lady Bird Johnson, the former first lady, was unable to attend but listened from Texas through a conference call, said Rep. Gene Green, a Houston Democrat who sponsored the bill.

"This will be a fitting tribute to Lyndon who worked so hard to make life better for so many, and — were he alive — I can think of nothing that would please him more," she said in a statement.

She said her husband would want to be remembered as the "Education President."

"Education was at the heart of my father's career in public service. He felt that it was mankind's passport out of poverty and our greatest hope for tomorrow," said Luci Baines Johnson, the 36th president's daughter.

Johnson, a Democrat, served as president from 1963-69 and died in 1973. He signed dozens of education-related bills, including a 1964 law that established Head Start, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, which provided assistance to underfunded school districts and the Higher Education Act of 1965.

"If every building in D.C. had no name and we could choose one to bear my father's, we couldn't have hoped for one that would reflect more who he was and what he tried to do," Luci Baines Johnson said.

Johnson attended the former Texas State Teachers College, now Texas State University in San Marcos, and taught for a year in Cotulla in South Texas. His experience teaching poor Mexican-American children in the town was considered a great influence on his policies.

Throughout the Bush administration, a red school house facade with "No Child Left Behind" — the name of Bush's education legislation — has stood at the education department's front entrance.

Green said he was uncertain when Johnson's name would be on the building and whether it would share billing with the red schoolhouse.

Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Austin, helped garner backing for the bill among Republicans.

"Any time you name a federal building after somebody you are enshrining a memory. Hopefully, when people walk by the building, future generations, and see the name Lyndon Baines Johnson, they will pick up the history books and read about him," said McCaul. Several Johnson family members, including Lady Bird, live in his district.

Lyndon Kyle Boozer, who said his mother Yolanda Garza Boozer was a secretary to Johnson, approached Green with the idea to honor Johnson two years ago. The bill was first introduced in 2003 but stalled in the then Republican-controlled Congress.

Despite his Texas ties, some in the state's delegation chose not to co-sponsors the bill. Twenty-five of the 32 House members from Texas, all 13 Democrats and 12 of the 19 Republicans, added their names to the bill.

Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, both Texas Republicans, backed the bill in the Senate.

The bill is H.R. 584.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: bush; cokestevenson; greatsociety; lbj; texas
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"...with 17 members of the Johnson family looking on."

Wonder if any of the Coke Stevenson family were invited?

1 posted on 03/23/2007 4:55:09 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch
The bill is H.R. 584.

Good Bill. LBJ was a nice guy.

2 posted on 03/23/2007 5:01:13 PM PDT by Dubya (Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father,but by me)
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To: SwinneySwitch

LBJ was a total fraud.


3 posted on 03/23/2007 5:01:24 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Bush talks tough early in the day then chooses to honor the worst president in US history, just when I think Bush is starting to do the right thing he again demonstrates a disregard for our country and Constitution.
4 posted on 03/23/2007 5:03:52 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Lyndon Kyle Boozer, who said his mother Yolanda Garza Boozer was a secretary to Johnson, approached Green with the idea to honor Johnson two years ago.

Only a Boozer would think it's a good idea to honor LBJ.

5 posted on 03/23/2007 5:04:04 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: SwinneySwitch
Its front entrance now touts President Bush's education policy, but the Education Department headquarters will one day honor Lyndon Baines Johnson and his work to improve U.S. schools.

Somehow I find it fitting that one of the most worthless departments should be "honored" by naming the agency's offices for one of the most worthless presidents. Nice gesture by GW though...
6 posted on 03/23/2007 5:04:38 PM PDT by rockrr (Never argue with a man who buys ammo in bulk...)
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To: Dubya
The worst and stole an election for senator by a vote from a criminal border county and the ballot box was burned.

Read "A Texan looks at Lyndon" A Study In Illegitimate Power.
By J. Evetts Haley
7 posted on 03/23/2007 5:09:49 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto)
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To: SwinneySwitch

This is home state loyalty, nothing more.

LBJ doesn't deserve to be honored. He was an even worse Presidente than Jimmy Carter.


8 posted on 03/23/2007 5:13:27 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Agreed - probably one of the most corrupt POTUS we have had (including his time in Congress).


9 posted on 03/23/2007 5:15:59 PM PDT by mmanager (Rudy = The GAG ONE - Guns, Abortion and Gays - Remove one and call yourself conservative.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I wish the president would quit referrering to himself as a Texan. He absolutely is not! He's a d#mn yankee!


10 posted on 03/23/2007 5:19:35 PM PDT by basil (Exercise your Second Amendment rights--buy another gun today.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Bush signed legislation Friday naming the agency's offices after the follow Texan

Only worthwhile if tomorrow you start in on it with the wrecking balls.

11 posted on 03/23/2007 5:19:36 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (To have your eco-sins forgiven, just buy Carbon Indulgences!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I see President Bush let his bad self out again.


12 posted on 03/23/2007 5:19:53 PM PDT by Menehune56 (Oderint Dum Metuant (Let them hate, so long as they fear - Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC)))
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To: Libertarianize the GOP

LOL but GWB is a "conservative"...


13 posted on 03/23/2007 5:21:04 PM PDT by mgstarr (People shouldn't fear their government, governments should fear their people.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I agree with you.

Some here at FR may disagree and label Carter as the worst ever, but LBJ - IMHO - is the worst president ever.

Worse than Carter, worse than Clinton.

And that is saying something!


14 posted on 03/23/2007 5:22:26 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (Warning. If your tagline is funny... I may steal it.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Well, thanks to MacArthur, LBJ, to my knowledge, sold secrets or gave away assets instrumental to our national defense.

But yes, he was an arrogant and nasty crook. Not just to underlings, but his wife as well.

15 posted on 03/23/2007 5:22:42 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: All

One thing all the Bush bashers here should remember is that he respects the office of the President and is not going to criticize former holders of the office.


16 posted on 03/23/2007 5:24:49 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: Calvin Locke

Here are some of LBJ's dubious "achievements":

Dramatically changed immigration laws, making it much easier for third world immigrants and much harder for immigrants from similar cultures

Changed the accounting on the Federal budget, so that deficts are concealed until after they're spent

Stacked the courts with leftist judges

Of course, the Great Society

LBJ has been out of office for 40 years, and we still feel the impact of his errors.


17 posted on 03/23/2007 5:26:27 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If the GOP were to stop worshiping Free Trade as if it were a religion, they'd win every election)
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To: SwinneySwitch

He certainly seems to practice the LBJ fiscal conservatism model.


18 posted on 03/23/2007 5:26:48 PM PDT by mysterio
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To: SwinneySwitch

I'm not going to read into this that much. Bush respects the Presidency itself and those who served it. Plus, this is a little good old Texas back-slapping thrown in. His personal opinion of LBJ is probably 360 degrees of his public one.


19 posted on 03/23/2007 5:29:15 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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To: COEXERJ145

There's a difference between respecting someone and honoring them.

As for the term "basher", if that means being equally critical of questionable actions regardless of an (R) or (D) after their name, guess that makes me one.


20 posted on 03/23/2007 5:30:24 PM PDT by mgstarr (People shouldn't fear their government, governments should fear their people.)
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To: COEXERJ145

"Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first." -Ronald Reagan


21 posted on 03/23/2007 5:31:36 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch (Liberals-beyond your expectations!)
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To: mgstarr

"Basher" means someone who trashes the President over any and everything.


22 posted on 03/23/2007 5:31:40 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Bush Derangement Syndrome Has Reached Pandemic Levels on Free Republic.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

All I can ask is WHY?


23 posted on 03/23/2007 5:33:14 PM PDT by Minutemen ("It's a Religion of Peace")
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To: Responsibility2nd

You're right.

Carter was/is plain stupid, Clinton an immoral philandering lying hedonist, but LBJ was criminal to the bone. Undoubtably the most evil man to be POTUS.


24 posted on 03/23/2007 5:34:09 PM PDT by Zman516 (“What profiteth it a man if he maketh a gazillion buckth but loseth hith entire thivilithathion?)
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To: COEXERJ145

Ah, then I am not. Thank you for clarifying.


25 posted on 03/23/2007 5:34:22 PM PDT by mgstarr (People shouldn't fear their government, governments should fear their people.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Why not? Big Spending Bush expanded LBJ Medicare with the costly Medicare Rx plan.

What's next on the agenda? Amnesty and more H1-B Visas?


26 posted on 03/23/2007 5:41:14 PM PDT by bluebeak
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To: Menehune56

His dark side comes out too often..I loved the unveiling of the Rapist and Hitlery. Bush was so gentlemanly. I guess once you have praised the Rapist then doing LBJ is not that hard.


27 posted on 03/23/2007 5:51:19 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: SwinneySwitch

You have to work at it very very hard to be as big a disappointment as George W Bush has become to me since his reelection. Oh my God, do I ever wish Ronald Reagan was still President!


28 posted on 03/23/2007 5:53:09 PM PDT by pallmallman
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To: bluebeak

Oh come on, Big Government is your friend.


29 posted on 03/23/2007 5:53:41 PM PDT by mgstarr (People shouldn't fear their government, governments should fear their people.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

LBJ was so crooked, he had to be screwed into the ground when he was buried.


30 posted on 03/23/2007 5:54:44 PM PDT by pallmallman
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To: SwinneySwitch

Why am I not surprised. He IS LBJ.


31 posted on 03/23/2007 5:57:00 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Why am I not surprised. He IS LBJ.


32 posted on 03/23/2007 5:57:06 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Honoring LBJ is like honoring Al Capone because he donated to soup kitchens. Sheesh, Mr. Bush, you don't have a lot of time left - don't waste it on trash.


33 posted on 03/23/2007 5:57:48 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth (Yippee! My farmers' market finally got a cheese vendor!)
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To: HuntsvilleTxVeteran

Sounds about right : )


34 posted on 03/23/2007 5:58:33 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Misery loves miserable company.......ask any liberal. Hunter in 08!)
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To: SwinneySwitch
I have voted for Bush four times.

Twice for governer of Texas.

Twice for President.

I have to admit to some disabatement of my hopes.

He has lost his way. He has lost the true path of conservatism.

It started with the "new tone" stuff and has come to this.

35 posted on 03/23/2007 5:58:43 PM PDT by LibKill ("RUDY GIULIANI" is just "HILLARY CLINTON" misspelled and wearing a dress.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Here are some of LBJ's dubious "achievements":

Wasn't his also the first administration to tap in to the Social Security Lock box?

36 posted on 03/23/2007 5:58:59 PM PDT by oldbrowser (First, Do No Harm.)
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To: oldbrowser

Wasn't his also the first administration to tap in to the Social Security Lock box?

There is no such thing.!


37 posted on 03/23/2007 6:02:10 PM PDT by bluebeak
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To: oldbrowser

It was always a ponzi...nothing more. It's days are numbered.


38 posted on 03/23/2007 6:06:08 PM PDT by Goreknowshowtocheat
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To: LibKill
He has lost the true path of conservatism.

I honestly wonder if he ever really had it.

There's only been one conservative president in my lifetime and he died in 2004.

39 posted on 03/23/2007 6:07:32 PM PDT by mgstarr (People shouldn't fear their government, governments should fear their people.)
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To: bluebeak
There is no such thing.!

I believe the SS Fund was kept separate until LBJ and the Dem's started dipping into it to fund their Great Society Programs.

40 posted on 03/23/2007 6:08:44 PM PDT by oldbrowser (First, Do No Harm.)
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To: mgstarr
There's only been one conservative president in my lifetime and he died in 2004.

A Reagan only comes around every two or three hundred years. You and I were lucky enough to live in that time.

Reagan was to the USA as Cincinnatus was to the roman republic.

In the meantime, we have to do what we can with what we have.

We must use the tools God has given us. Abraham Lincoln

41 posted on 03/23/2007 6:13:58 PM PDT by LibKill ("RUDY GIULIANI" is just "HILLARY CLINTON" misspelled and wearing a dress.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
Thanks W.....
42 posted on 03/23/2007 6:15:52 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (Liberals : So open-minded....their brains have all fallen out)
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To: LibKill
In the meantime, we have to do what we can with what we have.

Sadly must agree on that. At the same time I intend to hold them fully accountable regardless of the (R) or (D) after their name.

43 posted on 03/23/2007 6:19:36 PM PDT by mgstarr (People shouldn't fear their government, governments should fear their people.)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP

Bush talks tough early in the day then chooses to honor the worst president in US history, just when I think Bush is starting to do the right thing he again demonstrates a disregard for our country and Constitution.

That is rather harsh. First of all, this was scheduled before he spoke today. Probably long before. There are only 43 Presidents in the history of our country so even the worst President was still only one of 43. Not too bad really. But President Clinton honored President Reagan during his Presidency when he named a building in D.C. This is something that all Presidents do. We may have a Democrat President naming a building for GW someday. Do we want DU to complain and be nasty about that?


44 posted on 03/23/2007 6:31:09 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: napscoordinator

About a year ago the Harvard Business Journal ran a feature on leaders who intimidate. LBJ would insist that his staff come into the john and discuss official business while he sat on the throne taking care of his bodily functions. One time out in the middle of Texas LBJ made his chauffeur pull over so that he could relieve himself. While the Secret Service agent held the door LBJ pissed on the agents shoe and when the agent said something LBJ said I know. He did it on purpose just to demonstrate his power. As for being a disgusting piece of humanity LBJ tops even Clinton or Carter. It might be fitting that the building named for LBJ is for an unconstitutional department, it demonstrates the same kind of contempt for our government that LBJ showed.


45 posted on 03/23/2007 6:53:58 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: SwinneySwitch; COEXERJ145; basil; Libertarianize the GOP; mgstarr; LibKill; All

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm . . . For some reason, I didn't notice all of the perpetually disgruntled, Bush-bashers on yesterday's thread announcing that our "yankee" president had similarly honored RUSH LIMBAUGH'S father -- just exchange the 'school house' for a 'post office'!

Again, the mean-spirited, uninformed, hyperbolic, adolescent behavior on FR has become verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry OLD!


46 posted on 03/23/2007 6:58:44 PM PDT by DrDeb
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To: Dubya

He was an imperfect man in a very difficult time trying to do the best the could.


47 posted on 03/23/2007 6:59:22 PM PDT by Hydroshock (Duncan Hunter For President, checkout gohunter08.com.)
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To: Libertarianize the GOP

Wow! It is amazing what you learn on this awesome site. I learn more here than any university for sure!


48 posted on 03/23/2007 7:01:55 PM PDT by napscoordinator (.)
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To: DrDeb

Read 45


49 posted on 03/23/2007 7:02:31 PM PDT by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: basil
I wish the president would quit referrering to himself as a Texan. He absolutely is not! He's a d#mn yankee!




50 posted on 03/23/2007 7:03:52 PM PDT by macamadamia
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