May 17, 2004

Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Lyndon Johnson's inauguration:

1. LBJ was very much involved in all the planning of his inaugural festivities.

2. When LBJ took the Oath of Office, Lady Bird Johnson held the Bible. This was the first time a First Lady did this and it became the custom.

3. LBJ's Bible was one given to him by his mother.

4. The inaugural parade included a group of Coast Guard cadets just as JFK's parade had four years previously. This time, however, there were three black cadets in the group.

5. LBJ was the first president since William Henry Harrison to dance at his own inaugural ball. He was only the third president to dance--but now it is customary to do so.

Posted by Jennifer at May 17, 2004 09:00 AM