August 7th, 2009
09:46 AM ET
5 years ago

First daughters balance privilege and pressure

(CNN) - Luci Baines Johnson was just 16 years old when she approached her father, President Johnson, with what she considered a reasonable request.

"I asked my father if we could have the Beatles come to play at the White House," she recalled. "I was very excited about it."

His response? A decisive no, "without even any moment of trying to soften the blow," Johnson said in a recent phone interview.

The president thought the move would be viewed as self-serving. His daughter, however, saw it as a chance to honor "a great talent" and strengthen ties between the United States and Great Britain - not to mention a golden opportunity for her and her friends.

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  1. Kevin in Ohio

    And this belongs on the Political Ticker? Why?

    August 7, 2009 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Sandy

    Oh Yes we all know about privilege. The Obama Girls get to attend the elite Friends School. While the President stops vouchers for the poor DC Children to attend the same school. I guess Obama likes social classes. Lets keep the downtrodden downtrodded! How's that hope and change workin for ya?

    August 7, 2009 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  3. Bess

    God Bless them. Thank God they will not are not Repuiblican's child or they would be mercilessly tormented in the Press.

    August 7, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  4. 60's survivor

    yeah yeah yeah. Lucy was probably right. but we will never know now. the haters will find any reason no matter how innocent to spread their nasty. hogwash. comments.

    August 7, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. not a Jackson or a Palin fan

    The Beatles and the Stones. The 2 greatest groups ever. I still go see the Stones when they tour.

    August 7, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  6. Thomas

    A very interesting article.

    We often forget that humans live in the White House, not only public servants.

    August 7, 2009 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  7. Pepou

    I happen to know someone whose daughter is at school with the Obama girls. They are lovely, extremely well-behaved, intelligent and above all quite modest. Obviously a good upbringing !

    August 7, 2009 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    Where is an article on John Edwards??????? Seems that the 2004 VP candidate is a whole lot more criminal and objectionable than Sarah Palin...... yet the liberal media continues to ignore it.

    August 7, 2009 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  9. dominican mama 4 Obama

    I am very happy that Sasha and Malia have their grandmother living with them in the White House. Her influence and constant supervision will help give them a sense of balance and normalcy amidst their new surroundings. Additionally, Pres. and Fist Lady are PHENOMENAL parents. They make sure to attend the girl's school activities, while dealing with the demands of the presidency. They are no-nonsense parents that made their way in life. The lack of a 'silver spoon' upbringing for the First Couple will help ensure that proper values continue to be instilled, and that the girls stay grounded within their "priviledged" world.

    August 7, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. yuri

    LBJ was right in rejectin' his daughter's demand about the Beatles. But then why do we think about Ronnie honorin' MJ at white house?

    August 7, 2009 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  11. moses

    Too bad the Obamas didn't do this when the Jonas Brothers made a special trip to see the kids at the White House. For all they say about treating them normally, their actions very often prove otherwise. Also note the entertainment family interview where they allowed them to participate, not to mention the umpteen magazine covers they've graced. Please note we didn't hear Chelsea's voice until she was 27 yrs. old. And for all you who want to rag on the Bush girls and their drinking, try reading BO's bio where he discusses his own drug use at their age. I guess it's a good thing he was never arrested for it since I don't think felons can run for POTUS

    August 7, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. Larry

    LBJ-The president who escalated the Vietnam war and got wealthy on it.

    August 7, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  13. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Thank you...just love reading about great lessons from history!

    August 7, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |