The major achievements of a long-ago president kick things off today:
• “I’ll tell you: I don’t think people understand that this country today reflects more of Lyndon Johnson’s years in the White House than the years of any other president.” — Joseph A. Califano Jr., who was Johnson’s top domestic aide in the White House,reflecting on LBJ’s legacy.
The last of LBJ’s aides and immediate family members are racing to recast the 36th president’s image from one of Vietnam war-monger to the man who reshaped the country via a slew of major pieces of domestic legislation. They know it’s a daunting task. But given the flood of legislation that Johnson signed into law, Califano may be right. America today continues to reflect the LBJ legacy in profound ways. The 50th anniversaries of many of those bills becoming law will be celebrated in the months to come.
• “To me, the bill was not as narrowly tailored as it needed to be. We need razor precision in the language of the bill as to what religious liberties we’re trying to protect and how we protect them in a nondiscriminatory fashion.” — Kansas state Sen. Jeff King, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, on why he decided not to hold hearings on the intensely controversial House Bill 2453 that would have allowed individuals to refuse to provide services to same-sex couples because of religious beliefs.
The ramifications — and embarrassment — the measure has caused continue to reverberate. This story was in Monday’s New York Times, and it discussed how surprised many were that the conservative Senate killed the bill.
• “My mother has often said that the issue of women is the unfinished business of the 21st century. That is certainly true. But so too are the issues of LGBT rights the unfinished business of the 21st century.” — former first daughter Chelsea Clintonspeaking
to a Human Rights Campaign conference over the weekend.
Clinton, who will speak at UMKC Monday, reflects her generation’s priorities, which differ from her parents’ generation. That’s probably a good thing.
• “It’s very tasty, but it’s not pizza. (It) shouldn’t be called pizza.” — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scaliato the Chicago Sun-Times
on the problem with Chicago-style pizza.
Scalia, a man of strong opinions, had another one on this topic, which is sure to stir some passions in President Obama’s hometown. In 2012, Scalia said the tasty concoction should be called “tomato pie” and explained that “real pizza” comes from Naples, Italy. Got that?