NWHM’s de Pizan Honors Covered by “The Hill”

Former President Johnson’s daughter: ‘I swore I would never marry a politician’

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By Patrick Mortiere – 10/11/13 12:46 PM ET

After growing up with a president for a dad, Lynda Bird Johnson Robb wanted to make sure she would tie the knot with a decidedly non-political mate. But things don’t always go quite as planned.

“When I married this young man, I swore I would never marry a politician. And I married him for better or for worse, and that’s what I got,” the daughter of the late President Johnson told The Hill with a smile Wednesday at the National Women’s History Museum’s (NWHM) de Pizan Honors in downtown Washington.

It’s now been nearly half a century since the one-time first daughter took the plunge with former governor and Sen. Charles Robb (D-Va.). “Well, 46 years. I never thought I would be in politics again, and it wasn’t my choice, but I chose the man,” Johnson Robb, 69, said as her longtime hubby stood beside her.

Johnson Robb was on-hand at the NWHM’s third annual awards gala to honor “The Cosby Show” actress Phylicia Rashad, singer Denyce Graves and radiologist Dr. Etta Pisano.

The NWHM has spent years pushing Congress to create a commission to designate a permanent home on the National Mall for its efforts.

While the VIP crowd gathered for the swank awards ceremony, the partial government shutdown wasn’t far from many attendees’ minds.

When asked how it felt to be back in Washington under the unusual circumstances, Rashad, a Howard University graduate replied, “It’s shut down. People are the same, you know? The people are the same.”

Photos: (top) Former Sen. Chuck Robb, Denyce Graves and her daughter, Ella Thomas-Montgomery, and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb; (below) Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Phylicia Rashad / Courtesy of Neshan H. Naltchayan

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