How Texans Treated JFK

JFK in Forth Worth got up close to Texans happy to see him. (www.codewit.com)

JFK in Forth Worth got up close to Texans happy to see him. (www.codewit.com)

It was so darkly ironic and therefor all the more painful, recalled my late, great friend Liz Carpenter, a proud sixth-generation Texan, because “a real effort was made to inspire peoplei into giving President Kennedy the warmest and most enthusiastic welcome the Lone Star could muster.”

Liz Carpenter and Lady Bird Johnson (notevenpast.org)

Liz Carpenter and Lady Bird Johnson (notevenpast.org)

I first met Liz in 1990 to conduct an interview for my book First Ladies, volume 2, about her work as First Lady Mrs. Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Press Secretary but we remained good friends from that day forward and talked about everything under the sun. It was in her capacity as an aide to then-Vice President Johnson that she was in the official party on President and Mrs. Kennedy’s fateful trip to Texas.

She knew well about the misgivings about the President including the city of Dallas on his itinerary.

Liz Carpenter. (notevenpast.org)

Liz Carpenter. (notevenpast.org)

During the 1960 presidential campaign, the equally unabashed Texas-proud Lady Bird Johnson, had been campaigning as the wife of the Democratic Vice Presidential candidate when she was spat upon in Dallas by those opposing JFK and LBJ because they refused to support racial segregation.

Dallas protestors at Stevenson's speech. (dmagazine.com)

Dallas protestors at Stevenson’s speech. (dmagazine.com)

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