Granted, you may think of him as the man who became President under the most tragic of circumstances, one of only four times during the course of the American Presidency.
Or as the President who escalated the most unpopular war in recent memory.
Or the Chief Executive who played all his chits to ensure the education, health and well-being of children living in poverty and the civil rights of all Americans regardless of race.
But he was also the Prez who loved to cut up the dance floor like none before or since him.
There was never a type of music that President Lyndon Baines Johnson shied away from: waltz, polka, samba, rhumba or even the Watusi and Frug, popular with younger people during his presidency, inherited as Vice President on November 22, 1962 when President John F. Kennedy was shot, extending into his own full four-year term in the 1964 election, and bowing out in the midst of re-election primaries in 1968. By the time, LBJ turned over the Oval Office to Richard Nixon on January 20, 1969, he was beaten, belittled and beleaguered. But in his day, he sure loved to dance. Here’s a brief sampling of President Johnson on the dance floor.
And the Dancing He Inspired….
Among his two daughters, however, LBJ’s youngest, Luci Baines Johnson, inherited his love of shaking it up. Entering the White House at 16 years old, the teenager of the Sixties became popular for demonstrating current fad dances and was nicknamed “Watusi Luci” for it. Here’s a little sound and demonstration of that dance; although the song itself hit the charts in the summer of 1962, the dance itself remained popular into the first year of the LBJ Presidency.
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