Using a Hat to Keep a President in His Place

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President Lyndon Johnson (left) and Alice Roosevelt Longworth (right)

Alice Roosevelt Longworth, the daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, was known for her acerbic wit as well as for her hats — both of which she displayed since she was First Daughter.

When President Lyndon Johnson complained that her wide-brimmed hats prevented him from being able to kiss her, Alice responded, “That, Mr. President, is why I wear them.”


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