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Left this morning for the short drive to the Texas state capital, Austin. I had my usual miserable bout with whatever it is that is causing the nausea and pain, but I relaxed in the car. As we drove through the downtown area we could see the Capitol building - it looks like the Capitol in Washington, DC. We chose a Super 8 motel from the Room Saver coupon booklet and find it very nice indeed. The room is neat, clean and well decorated, as is the lobby. The breakfast area is large and bright.
As I was feeling unwell and weak, Jag went to visit the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum by himself.
Jag enjoyed his adventure at the LBJ Library. Right off the bat he found a lot of repair work going on which blocked the main entrance. He walked all around the entire building trying to find a way in. No luck! He finally asked for directions (now that is a first!) and entered the building. Since flash photography was not permitted, some of his photos did not come out well, but I hope you will enjoy them.
Some of the highlights included sculptured busts of LBJ, his wife Lady Bird, John and Robert Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. There was also a framed portrait of Mrs. Johnson by the late, great caricaturist Hirschfeld. One of my dreams from childhood was to have this amazing artist do a portrait of me. Alas, I was not famous enough to receive that honor.
The first two floors are actually underground and are service areas. That is where all of the construction is going on. The third floor has the main lobby, and an Orientation Theater that shows films about LBJ. One floor up are portraits of all of the presidents and their wives, from the Washingtons to the Clintons.
There is a lot to see. How does this library compare to those of other presidents? Jag said it is very massive - the building reminds him of the fact that Texas is BIG and LBJ certainly was a very large figure in American history. It does not have the beauty of the Kennedy Library in Boston. It does not have the modernity of the Clinton Library in Little Rock. However it does reflect the personality of the man.