THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: L.B.J.: The Softer They Fall

The Presidency

One of Lyndon Johnson's sidesplitting acts when he resided hereabouts was on George Parr, the "Duke" of Duyal County in Texas. Lyndon would imitate Parr calling in on his old-fashioned crank telephone. "Can you hear me, Lyndon, can you hear me?" L.B.J. the mime would quaver, holding up an imaginary two-piece phone. Then Johnson would act out his own role. "Yes, yes, go ahead, George." And sure enough, the Duke would report another election landslide for his chosen candidates, Lyndon being one. Johnson was funny imitating Parr. The thought of Parr was funny, being as how he was a...

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