The Miller Center

The Miller Center

Today I went on a little road trip to Charlottesville, VA.  After an hour long drive through the windy roads of rural Virginia (and route 29), I arrived at the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. It is there that I got to listen to LBJ talking to Katzenbach. Six presidents – from Truman to Nixon – secretly recorded their meetings and telephone conversations and the Miller Center has made these audio jewels readily accessible. Not only are they digitizing these recordings, but also transcribing them. Imagine what it is like to listen to the president of the United States, especially Johnson, who wielded the phone as his primary power tool. You can hear LBJ recounting meetings, asking probing questions, giving orders, and offering reassurance. Listening to the tapes you get a sense of whether the tone is formal or casual, something words alone don’t convey. Special thanks to The Miller Center and George, Marc, and Amber.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Stacy on April 7, 2011 at 7:48 am

    That sounds awesome what a wonderful piece of history to experience!

    Reply

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