HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Happy Birthday, Mr. President

Posted August 26, 2010 at 10:48am

President Barack Obama isn’t the only commander in chief whose birthday falls in August: The Texas State Society will spend Saturday celebrating the life of another president born in the eighth month.

The society will fete the late President Lyndon Johnson, who would have turned 102 on Friday, with a ceremony at the LBJ Memorial Grove on the George Washington Parkway on Saturday morning. Along with remarks about Johnson’s life, the society will dish out free pimento cheese sandwiches, cookies and lemonade — a Texas tradition.

Joanne Weiss, chief of staff to Education Department Secretary Arne Duncan, will speak about Johnson’s education legacy and why the agency’s headquarters is named in his honor. Lyndon Boozer, the son of Johnson’s late secretary Yolanda Boozer and a Johnson family friend, will provide remarks titled “What LBJ Means to Me.”

The presidential birthday party is free and open to the public.

Spotted Around Town

Hey, not every D.C. political big wig needs a driver, or even a fancy-schmancy luxury vehicle. An HOH spy spotted Elaine Chao, the former secretary of Labor and wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), driving a white Nissan Sentra (with Kentucky license plates) waiting at a red light at Third and D streets Northeast on Wednesday afternoon.

And actor Gary Sinise dined at tourist favorite Old Ebbitt Grill on Wednesday evening, according to the restaurant’s Twitter feed. By the looks of the restaurant’s latest tweet, it appears he charmed everyone: “Thanks for coming in last night @GarySinise! The staff is still talking about how cool it was to see you!”

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