The Presidency: Saying, Doing, Being


"That's humiliating!" roared Lyndon Johnson when he read press reports that he had been publicly snubbed by a girl friend. To convince newsmen of their error, he asked her straight out before witnesses in his office: "Who do you love?" Courtenay Valenti, 2½, planted both feet firmly and bellowed on cue: "I love Prez!"

She had, the President swore good-humoredly, said the same thing—her standard reply—when he took her in his arms at a White House reception for wounded veterans of Viet Nam. He insisted that Courtenay had been misquoted by a reporter who wrote that she had gazed fondly...

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