"Mind the bunghole, son!"
Courtesy of an acquaintance who is planning an LBJ-themed Memorial Day barbecue (yeah, you heard me) and the Presidential Recordings Program at the University of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs, we bring you the following audio gem.
The time is early August, 1964. Congress has just passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, granting President Johnson expanded powers to deal with the "threat" posed by North Vietnam. And what is foremost on the Commander-in-Chief's mind at the outset of the most controversial military conflict of the 20th century?
Fuckin' SLACKS, is what. Listen as LBJ orders custom pants from Haggar, making clear they take his "nuts" and "bunghole" into consideration. Seriously, listen all the way through. Johnson even lets a mighty belch rip without breaking conversational stride. Full audio and transcript here.