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LBJ Knows How to Talk to the Tailor

Jan 19th, 2010 | Categories: History, Random | by Michael Williams

Take a few minutes out of your day and spend it with this audio tape of Lyndon Baines Johnson, our 36th President, while he orders a few pairs of trousers from the Haggar company in Dallas, Texas. It seems LBJ liked the lightweight pants Haggar had sent him and wanted to get a few extra pairs made, you know, for the evening, after work. Plus, when LBJ would gain a little weight his pants would start to get uncomfortable. “In the crotch, down where your nuts hang. Feels like you are riding a wire fence.” Well, I don’t want to spoil it. Have a listen for yourself. You won’t think about LBJ’s nuts the same ever again. [LBJ White House Tapes] (Thanks to Sinuhe for the tip)


Comments: 26

26 Comments to “LBJ Knows How to Talk to the Tailor”

  1. Matt
    on Jan 19th, 2010
    @ 5:13 PM

    Very cool! Despite all the obvious stuff (Vietnam) about LBJ, he must have know he had to try to look at least as good (in his own milieu) as JFK, McNamara, and Bundy, in order to be taken seriously.

  2. Alan B.
    on Jan 19th, 2010
    @ 5:48 PM

    A great clip from LBJ. A much better human being thank JFK and far more authentic. Not a good presidency though.

  3. Jeff Loop
    on Jan 19th, 2010
    @ 6:52 PM

    That was f**king awesome. Thanks.

  4. Henry
    on Jan 19th, 2010
    @ 7:50 PM

    Thank you for that. Cracked my shit up!
    I was happy to find a Stetson Open Road under the Christmas tree this year.

  5. TxJewBoy
    on Jan 19th, 2010
    @ 8:15 PM

    Really enjoyed the post. Glad to know even the President struggled with finding a proper pair of khakis.

  6. Ryan Hunter
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 2:57 AM

    That was pretty funny…LBJ was in fine-form, and poor Mr.Haggar tried very hard to accomedate. Classic.

  7. Tintin
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 9:25 AM

    I notice LBJ didn’t mention anything about paying for them.

  8. Sam
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 9:28 AM

    Classic! Thanks for sharing.

  9. Redd
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 11:13 AM

    I remember first hearing this audio clip while working on a group history project about LBJ at UVa. Our entire group nearly doubled over with laughter and we managed to make the entire computer lab furious.

    LBJ certainly didn’t hold anything back – another one of his somewhat humorous qualities was the “Johnson Treatment” where he would stand awkwardly close to a colleague, and invade their personal space by leaning into them, interrupting, and talking forcefully.

  10. HOT + COOL
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 11:50 AM

    Presidents have nuts and bungholes too ya know!

  11. Blair
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 12:06 PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great stuff.

  12. Spike
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 1:19 PM

    Outstanding. Not only LBJ’s tape here, but the whole collection.

  13. Speedmaster
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 1:40 PM

    Unbelievable. I don’t even know what to say.

  14. ATrueGolfer
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 7:19 PM

    Awesome awesome awesome. Great find!

  15. Tracy
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 7:25 PM

    I didn’t thing it could get any better, and then out came the word ‘bunghole.’

    I’ve heard really amazing one recording of LBJ awkwardly coming on to the recently widowed Jackie, but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Anyone have it?

  16. Tracy
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 7:32 PM

    ahem, I must be tired.

    *Meant to write: I’ve heard ONE really amazing recording of LBJ….

  17. Nathan Day
    on Jan 20th, 2010
    @ 7:48 PM

    I live across the street from the LBJ Library and it used to be one of my favorite things to do to go and visit. I should go back. I remember I asked if I could just go there and read in the library ( I was young and sobering up and didn’t have a real firm grasp of what a presidential library was) ha, she let me know alright. A woman who was part of Mr. Johnson’s team, she must have been 90 said to me, “Son, I’m glad you like the place and it’s good to see a young man in proper hat, but unless you are doing some sort of research for a a book or something I suggest you read out on the lawn or at the University’s library.”

  18. Tony Oliver
    on Jan 21st, 2010
    @ 9:52 AM

    i love that he belched.

  19. thelast1augh
    on Jan 21st, 2010
    @ 10:53 AM


  20. TroyNotorious
    on Jan 21st, 2010
    @ 12:52 PM

    OUTSTANDING. Each and every time I turn to this blog it always gives some incredible priceless piece of history and culture otherwise lost. This small posting says a great deal on so many levels. Thanks for this.

  21. SouthernSkirts
    on Jan 22nd, 2010
    @ 10:53 AM

    The belch haflway through was priceless. Actually, it all was.

  22. Luke
    on Jan 24th, 2010
    @ 12:11 AM

    Speaking of tailors and LBJ, his actual tailor, Gus Karim at Gassane Tailors, is still making suits in Austin. He is also George W Bush’s tailor, and made the suit for his first inauguration. He teaches bespoke tailoring, taking on a few students who want to learn the art. Probably the only place in the US to study one-on-one from an old world, old school master.

  23. JasonK
    on Jan 25th, 2010
    @ 8:48 AM

    Thanks for the pointer! They used to play these clips all the time on a local radio program on WLS-AM in Chicago and it used to crack me up every time. Just classic stuff.

  24. Mr Fink
    on Jan 25th, 2010
    @ 5:11 PM

    I love the thought of the President of The United States of America carrying a pocket knife in his trousers after work. I wonder who was the last US President to regularly cary a knife?

  25. Tyler
    on Jan 26th, 2010
    @ 3:06 PM

    Jesus H Christ, it’s hysterical!!
    He’s a “man’s man” shooting from the hip. Chatting it up about his knife & money falling out, talking about his big balls, bunghole, and by the time he burped, well I just about lost it!
    ….Hard to believe this is ‘real’!

  26. Adam
    on Jan 29th, 2010
    @ 1:14 PM

    LBJ was known for his set of low-hangers.