Yesterday we went out to the Texas “hill country,” the home territory of President Lyndon Johnson. We visited the LBJ Ranch and the western White House, where John twisted arms under live oak trees and has a phone in every room.
In Johnson’s childhood, the hill country was a place of great poverty, and one of his first legislative accomplishments was bringing electricity to the region. Now the beautiful area is home to wineries, ranches, and bed and breakfasts. A few traces of the region’s hardscrabble roots still remain, however.