Nation: The Dance in the Blue Room

It was the first time Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson had entertained royalty in the White House. Everything went beautifully—at least until toward the end of the evening.

In town for talks with the President was Jordan's King Hussein, and the Johnsons gave a state dinner in his honor. After the dinner, the Johnsons and their 151 guests repaired to the East Room, where Jazzman Dave Brubeck played three selections for Jazz Fan Hussein. Then it was away to the white-walled Blue Room for dancing.

"Open up the windows," the President ordered as the Air...

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