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Former Presiden Bush will salute Johnson legacy
Lyndon B. Johnson
George H. W. Bush

In 1964, on the heels of the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Lyndon Johnson won the presidential election in a landslide victory. His popularity in his home state of Texas provided the momentum for U.S. Senator Ralph Yarborough to defeat his Republican opponent, George H. W. Bush.

Bush later won a seat in the U.S. House, and despite his political differences with LBJ, the two Texans became friends. When President Johnson left office in 1969 and was returning to Texas, Congressman George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara were among the largely Democratic group of well-wishers that gathered on the White House lawn. This gesture of support was greatly appreciated by the Johnson family, and the two families have remained close ever since.

As a symbol of this friendship, former President Bush will deliver the keynote address at the LBJ School graduation convocation on May 18 (see story). The event, to be held in the LBJ Auditorium, will cap the School's 30th anniversary celebration.

The images shown here are from a 1969 photograph of Lyndon Johnson and George H. W. Bush at a Houston gathering.

Photo by Frank Wolfe, LBJ Library Collection

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May 13, 2002

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