Texas Book Festival 2012: Mark Updegrove
2012 would have been the year of the 104th birthday of Lyndon Baines Johnson. His presidential library and museum here in Austin has been undergoing some renovations, and its director says the same might be due for LBJ’s legacy. Mark Updegrove talked with KUT’s Jennifer Stayton, saying that Johnson’s presidential record needs a closer look
The fact is he was the most powerful senate majority leader of his time and the president with the most effect on our lives today. In the last 50 years, there’s been no president who has had a greater impact on our lives than LBJ, because, not because he was ruthless, but because he understood how to get things done. And in Washington, that means understanding how to work with your colleagues. Collegiality is incredibly important in the halls of congress, and so is compromise. And he understood those things.
Updegrove will be speaking Saturday afternoon, October 27, at the Texas Book Festival. His book is Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.