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LBJ Ranch Barbecue in Honor of President Ayub Khan (1961)

Gordon Wilkison

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  •  Vice President Johnson introduces guests, including NY Congressman John Rooney, assistant Secretary of State, Bill Crockett, and assistant Secretary of Defense, William Bundy 
  •  Introduces president's daughter, Begum Nasir Aurangzeb, and her husband 
  •  Introduction of President Muhammad Ayub Khan 
  •  Presentation of Texas saddle, including bridle and blanket, as well as a pair of spurs.  
  •  Presentation of "LBJ hat" 
  •  Presentation of hunting jacket from Dallas 
  •  President Ayub Khan addresses guests 
  •  Lady Bird Johnson says a few words and presents a set of Texas decorative plates 
  •  Guests and audience enjoy a horse act 
 
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In the summer of 1961 President Muhammad Ayub Khan of Pakistan paid a state visit to the United States, during which he toured Texas with – then Vice President – Lyndon Baines Johnson as his guide. One event hosted by the Johnsons was a barbecue held in Ayub's honor at the LBJ Ranch. Captured in this footage is the speech delivered by President Khan as well as the introduction given by Johnson and the concluding remarks by Lady Bird Johnson. Johnson presented President Khan with several "Texas" gifts including a saddle made in Fredricksburg, a pair of spurs, and an "LBJ" hat.
Thirty-sixth president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, was born on a hill country farm near Stonewall, Texas on August 27, 1908 to Samuel Ealy Johnson, a former Texas legislator, and Rebekah Baines Johnson.  He attended Southwest Teachers College, now Texas-State University, graduating with a degree in history and social science in 1930. LBJ spent one year as principal and teacher in Cotulla, educating impoverished Hispanic elementary school students. LBJ became the secretary to Texas Congressman Richard M. Kleberg in 1931; the four year position helped him gain influential contacts in Washington. Johnson married Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor on November 17, 1934.
 
LBJ acted as Director of the National Youth Administration in Texas from 1935 to 1937. Johnson won his first legislative election in 1937 for the Tenth Congressional District, a position he held for eleven years. He was a firm supporter of President Roosevelt’s New Deal and in 1940 acted as Chairman of the Democratic Campaign Committee. In 1948, following his service as a Lieutenant Naval Commander during World War II, LBJ ran as the Democratic nominee for Senate. In a cloud of controversy, he narrowly defeated former Texas Governor Coke Stevens and easily beat his Republican opponent in the general election.  Before winning his second senate term, LBJ was elected Majority Whip in 1951, became the youngest ever Minority Senate Leader in 1953, and was voted Majority Leader in 1954. Johnson unsuccessfully ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1960 but was selected to be Vice-President under John F. Kennedy. 
 
Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as Commander and Chief aboard Air Force One following President Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, 1963 and won reelection in 1964. President Johnson passed landmark legislation with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Debate over military efforts in Vietnam intensified in late 1963 when the President stated that the United States would not withdraw from Southeast Asia. Escalation of the war against North Vietnam brought disapproval from Democrats, claiming the efforts were misguided, and from Republicans who criticized the administration for not executing sufficient military vigor. Antiwar protests, urban riots, and racial tension eroded Johnson’s political base by 1967, which further dissolved following the Tet Offensive in January 1968. On March 31, 1968, President Johnson announced that we would not seek a second Presidential term.
 
After returning to Texas, Johnson oversaw the construction of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum on the University of Texas campus in Austin. Throughout his political career, LBJ was an influential figure in Texas affairs; his policies brought military bases, crop subsidies, government facilities, and federal jobs to the state. After suffering a massive heart attack, former President Johnson died at his ranch on January 22, 1973. In February of the same year, NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston was renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, in honor of one of the country’s most influential Texans.