The Presidency: Doin' The Bird


Lyndon Johnson, it is well known, likes dancing parties. But in Washington these sweltering days, even the two-step is hot work. Thus, after a state dinner for visiting Costa Rican President Francisco Orlich and his wife Marita, President Johnson took his guests out onto the low-lying rooftop adjoining the east wing, only a few hundred feet from the street, where they danced under Japanese lanterns that swayed in the cooling breeze.

Jimmy Durante was there. So was Evangelist Billy Graham, Author John Dos Passes, Banker David Rockefeller, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Under...

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