Saturday, December 8, 2012

Lyndon Johnson Sings with Dog Yuki

LBJ Library Photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto
Pol Light Moment #36 occurred on February 6, 1968, when President Lyndon Baines Johnson sang with his dog Yuki for the U.S. Ambassador to Great Britian, David K.E. Bruce. Lyndon Johnson was the 36th President of the United States, serving from 1963-1969. He was the Vice President of the United States from 1961-1963 under President John F. Kennedy and also served as a United States Senator from Texas from 1949-1961.

Lyndon Baines Johnson is one of the biggest dog lovers of all the U.S. Presidents. Johnson was very proud of his dog Yuki's ability to sing before an audience. Ambassador Bruce certainly isn't the only person to ever be treated to a duet with Yuki and President Johnson, but the photograph above documents the point in time when he received the privilege on February 6, 1968.

The following is a recording where Lyndon Baines Johnson explains that dogs have always been his friends. At the end of the recording he shares how he came to receive the last dog he owned named Yuki after his daughter Luci found the dog abandoned and homeless.

Johnson received Yuki on Thanksgiving Day in 1966 and she was with the President to sing for Ambassador Bruce in 1968 and other honored guests through the years. Yuki also remained beside Johnson throughout his last 5 years after he left office. After Johnson died in 1973, Yuki went to live with Lyndon Johnson's daughter, Luci Johnson Nugent. Yuki died in 1979 (Source). For more information on Lyndon Baines Johnson singing with his beloved dog Yuki see the website at

Lyndon Johnson has been featured on other Pol Light posts. To view all Lyndon Johnson posts search with Lyndon Johnson label at Pol Light.

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The photo with this post is from the LBJ Library photo taken by Yoichi R. Okamoto.  The LBJ Library website indicates that their photos are in the public domain or can be used free with credit to the source, which in this case was Yoichi R. Okamoto (Source). 

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