“At its best, public television would help make our Nation a replica of the old Greek marketplace, where public affairs took place in view of all the citizens.”
-President Lyndon B. Johnson
On this day in 1967, LBJ signed the Public Broadcasting Act (S.1160).
Photo: President Lyndon B. Johnson delivering remarks prior to the signing in the East Room of the White House. November 7, 1967.
Read the full remarks at the American Presidency Project.
-from the LBJ Library
LBJ announces his plans “Towards the Great Society” on this day in history. Watch his famous speech here.
January 4, 1965. LBJ gives his State of the Union address.
“A President does not shape a new and personal vision of America.
He collects it from the scattered hopes of the American past.
It existed when the first settlers saw the coast of a new world, and when the first pioneers moved westward.
It has guided us every step of the way.
It sustains every President. But it is also your inheritance and it belongs equally to all the people that we all serve.
It must be interpreted anew by each generation for its own needs; as I have tried, in part, to do tonight.
It shall lead us as we enter the third century of the search for ‘a more perfect union.’”
Read it in full here.
“The Great Society asks not how much, but how good; not only how to create wealth but how to use it; not only how fast we are going, but where we are headed.”
-Lyndon B. Johnson. January 4, 1965.
On this date in 1965, President Johnson delivered his second annual State of the Union address to Congress. LBJ described his goals for the nation as a “Great Society.”
The Great Society program laid out a domestic agenda for Congress that would come to include: aid to education, protection of civil rights (including the right to vote), reduction of poverty, urban renewal, Medicare, conservation, beautification, promotion of the arts, and consumer protection.
In this picture, LBJ gives the 1964 State of the Union address in the Capitol Building, Washington D.C. ID 3-6-WH6.