President Obama Praises LBJ, Who Signed the Civil Rights Act, for Making his Presidency Possible

President Barack Obama speaks at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library April 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas, while attending a civil rights summit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES
President Barack Obama speaks at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library April 10, 2014, in Austin, Texas, while attending a civil rights summit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

President Obama delivered a rousing speech at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit Thursday afternoon as he celebrated the legacy of the man whom he credited with “swinging open” doors of opportunity for him.

While speaking to the audience about the impact of cynicism and how some think it’s impossible for change to occur, Obama defiantly said that he “rejected” such notions because of the past president’s work with the seemingly impossible-to-pass Civil Rights Act.

“I reject such cynicism because I have lived out the promise of LBJ’s efforts, because Michelle has lived out the legacy of those efforts, because my daughters have lived out the legacy of those efforts, because I and millions of my generation were in a position to take the baton that he handed to us,” Obama said to an applauding audience on hand to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

“Because of the civil rights movement, because of the laws President Johnson signed, new doors of opportunity and education swung open for everybody—not all at once, but they swung open. Not just blacks and whites, but also women and Latinos and Asians and Native Americans and gay Americans and Americans with a disability.”

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Source: The Root | 

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