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  •  Yoichi Okamoto was LBJ's White House photographer (3+ / 0-)

    and indeed was the first official White House photographer.

    He worked with my Dad on a Syracuse newspaper before World War II, and lived for a while with my grandparents.

    By the early 60s he had caught the attention of Johnson, and when LBJ became president he took Oke (as he was called) with him.

    Oke was a great story teller, and he used to come visit our family and tell stories about Johnson, usually involving his way of intimidating people by making them meet with him when he was...lacking clothing, or on the toilet.

    LBJ gave him unfettered access to him, so there are many thousands of great photos that Oke took of him that of course are in the public domain. Some can be found at this Corbiss archive link

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Fri May 24, 2013 at 05:25:17 PM PDT

    •  Dick Goodwin and others have written (1+ / 0-)
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      Dave in Northridge

      about LBJ making people come into the bathroom with him or swim nude with him as a method of being Majority-Leader-As-President.

      That must have been horrifying to have to put up with that, but it's a great tactic modern-day Democrats could benefit from.

      I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

      by commonmass on Fri May 24, 2013 at 05:28:53 PM PDT

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