President Johnson did indeed attend an Easter Egg Roll


President Lyndon B Johnson at an Easter event at the White House on May 7, 1964. The Eaton kids are sitting on the stage at the bottom right. (Photo by Cecil W. Stoughton/Courtesy of Pauline Daniels)

A March 29 Loop post said it appeared that President Lyndon B. Johnson had not attended any of the White House Easter Egg Roll gatherings.

But appearances can be deceiving. Marilynn Eaton, whose husband William Eaton covered the White House during the Johnson years for UPI, sent us a signed March 30, 1964 photo of Johnson and some kids, including her daughters Susan and Sally — seen sitting at the far right of the stage.

Johnson’s famous beagles — famous because he once picked one up by the ears — are shown wandering in front of the stage.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.

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