The Presidency: The Pulse of Pedernales


It was a rainy day in Johnson country, and precisely at 8 a.m. on Election Day the President and Lady Bird arrived at Johnson City's one-story stone Pedernales Electric Cooperative Building to vote. They cast ballots 1 and 2. Then, with the President at the wheel of a white Chrysler station wagon, they led a 20-car caravan of reporters and Secret Service men on a jouncing, 51-mile, four-hour ramble over the Johnson "propity."

At one point, the President, looking tanned and cheerful, decided to go all the way back to the grass roots. Braking the car, he leaped out, plucked...

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