“Mrs. Johnson and I want to join your many friends in offering our congratulations on your birthday.
Sometimes we are asked to choose a time in history when we would most like to have lived – during the Age of Enlightenment or the Age of Reason, or some other time. I am sure you feel, as we do, that no time offers as much hope or promise as the present – this Age of Progress.
You have played a vital part in this age, and your countrymen are grateful to you.
We hope all your years are blessed with brightness of continued achievement and happiness…”
After a long political career that included 12 years as Democratic leader of the U.S. Senate, Johnson unsuccessfully sought the 1960 Democratic Party presidential nomination, winding up as John F. Kennedy’s running mate. The pair eked out a victory in November with the smallest popular vote margin of any twentieth century presidential election. The defeated Republicans alleged voter fraud, especially in Johnson’s home state of Texas. In 1963, Johnson became president following Kennedy’s assassination, serving out the remainder of Kennedy’s term and winning re-election in 1964. Despite his achievements in the areas of Civil Rights, alleviating poverty and improving public education, public opinion turned against him because of the Vietnam War, and LBJ declined to run for a second term.
Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson (1912-2007) was a successful businesswoman who greatly increased the public profile of the first lady.
Flood, whose nickname was “Dapper Dan” because of his eccentric dress and waxed mustache, was a strong supporter of Kennedy during his presidential campaign and after his election. Successful in improving his district’s economy after Hurricane Agnes’s devastating floods in 1972, Flood was investigated numerous times for corruption and bribery, for which he was censured in 1979. He resigned the following year but remained revered in his home district.
Folded with some light creasing. A small staple hole in the upper left corner with the initials “SB” in blue ink.