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about the intellectual history of the united states. join in the conversation with your phone calls, facebook comments, texts and tweets. >> our weekly series the presidency highlights the politics, policies and legacies of u.s. presidents and first ladies. coming up next, a photographic center film covering the december 9, 1967 white house wedding of president lyndon johnson's daughter linda. the film is courtesy of the lyndon johnson presidential library. ♪ ♪♪
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♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ this building is 1600 pennsylvania avenue washington dc is the most significant house in the nation, america's executive power and also a home, for the 34 families throughout this presidencies of the united states. ♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ in a hammock in the south has seen it personal triumph and tragedy. it is known joy, frustrations, and heartbreak and has over 168
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year span witnessed a lot. >> the administration of james monroe a presidents and daughters were married living there printed on these occasions, the daughters had chosen the white house itself is a scene for the wedding predict this was 53 years ago blossom avenue and president wilson's daughter eleanor was married their and these occasions are so rare these events happened it bt once in a lifetime. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
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♪ ♪♪ >> you trace rest is how your courtship began and when you realized that it was serious. >> i really don't know when my courtship began, chuck and i played a lot together and we didn't play as partners actually became some of the others office partner but that's really how we got over to this table and then later in the summer, we started double dating with my roommate, really how are courtship began. >> the outward beauty is one of the first and things that any man notices about a girl and then later on, you can't establish a relationship on this alone and just an opportunity to know and understand better
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predict she is very very keen mind and a very very thoughtful person predict. >> since of humor and love of life and a lot of the energy, sometimes i think more than i have in were both very serious and fairly quiet and we have a lot in common. >> we arrived at this decision mutually, it wasn't a spur of the moment thing on my part, and we had gone through very thoughtful discussion and we decided that we were right for each other and we wouldn't get married and then later on i went through some of the usual formalities associated with pumping the question. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ >> the engagement became a vision in the affairs of the bride to be announced that their
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daughter lynda johnson would be married to u.s. marine capt. charles robb . the wedding would take place in december, in the white house and courtship and began quietly and only with family and intimate friends was now spotlighted in the national news and it would be a long time before chuck and linda what again know the moment they had shared during the summer of 1967 the private moments and around the festivities was launched as a black tie dinner dance of the host and the friends the bride for many years, now. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
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♪ ♪♪ >> the state of washington heading for her first shower for lynda johnson this was her first grand hurrah. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ the guest would who lynda johnson who had known through her career. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
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♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ uniquely innovations and this one particularly shown to be absent. ♪ ♪♪ [inaudible]. >> this past week was. [inaudible]. and. [inaudible]. and seriously i told her. [laughter]
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[inaudible]. this is. [inaudible]. oh look. i love that. it is just beautiful. [background sounds]. [background sounds]. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ after a weekend of this in her honor lynda thought she was going is been a quiet sunday afternoon at the home of the captain and she soon learned
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that not all prenuptial have been advertising the social calendars. [background sounds]. [background sounds]. >> what we came in and the first thing that we saw was well, my man is a marine. and, we were having fun. [background sounds]. a look at that. and i said chuck, i don't know nothing about domestic life. [laughter] and you know how that can be. [laughter] [background sounds].
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[laughter] >> all by yourself for teacher mother to do that. and this is lovely. there are so many wonderful things braided like the marine ball. [background sounds]. >> will lynda caught up with her spirit in front of her first showers and check out with a hours clearly pursuing one of his favorite pastimes. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪
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♪ ♪♪ been a reception by the justice tom clark, known since she was born in the setting was the club and the emphasis on nostalgia an unforgettable evening for lynda and chuck turned the tables on their host and celebration of the 43rd wedding anniversary. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ justice and missus clark were not the only vice on the deck, few days later in the home, this is where they welcomed into shower and linda's godfather pretty colorful events, and represented of texas, now serves as president johnson's old
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congressional district. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ careful afternoon showing lighthearted moments with texas friends chuck is buckling down to more serious prenuptial activities. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ >> on the 17th of november, a small group of intimate friends gather at the white house at the
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invitation both lynda and chuck printed festivities another couple who had already taken the mouse 33 years ago pretty. >> i feel very fortunate to have this and i really want to - my 20th birthday, my father sent me some pretty spring flowers in my father had a handwritten note and this was particularly unique saying that so many days ago, you had a happy day in that day, my mother. [inaudible]. and had the same idea in the same feeling of thank you so much for giving us our first child and he was a very romantic man. and in the spirit of marriage
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and philosophy and i think every day in the changes in the love, so what you will think it will be, things change and i think that you have to have your own words and interest. and as well as trying to be a partner. i think that's always been there philosophy them happy to say that for them, is their 30 thursday must have something. and this moment of few and far between, the marriage of a president's daughter rare that the event that the public seizes upon every facet of the bride and groom. their hopes for the future, their outlook on life. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ >> you are both too energetic
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now and upped optimistic young people we can to be a brutal world and anyone just before the get married to think about what is ahead of a do you think about that. will he's basically optimistic and i'm basically melancholy pretty. >> i think were both very serious and if we would like to look at the brighter side of life and at the same time, we understand that the ramifications of so many of the things that are taking place and things that we do and the times in which we live. >> a time at which chuck and lynda lived demanded challenges but the obligations of a man in uniform are only a reflection of the greater commitment and responsibility of the nation itself. ♪ ♪♪
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♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ since america's founding fathers stepped ashore, they were then ready and willing to pick up the cause and over the years, many of these men were at the marine barracks in the evening prorated tradition is an echo out of the past, her mind of the of the nation's finest pilots were off the shores and a salute to the brave men today. >> basically an infantry officer and think one of the most rewarding and challenging assignments for any infantry officer is to have the founding.
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it. [inaudible]. ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ ♪ ♪♪ i'm sure i would be scared but otherwise, if chuck wants to go, and he feels strongly about it. i have faith in him. >> providing no small challenge to the hostesses far as >> for linda, the swirl of
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parties and lunches continued, providing no small challenge to the hostess start menu planning was concerned. how many festive meals can a perspective bride handles before it shows on the waist? go light on the calories and heavy on the bright colors. the wife of the secretary of defense invited linda and mrs. johnson to a lunch and shower given by the cabinet wives and their daughters. ♪♪ the pre-wedding round of parties had been launched in washington. now it was time for texas to
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give it some momentum. on the 24th of november, at the exclusive dallas club, chuck and linda were the guests of honor at a dinner given by mr. and mrs. warren woodward, who are longtime family friends. long-t family friends. the psychedelic decoration this is the front yard may not typify san antonio, but they did set the stage for her college football pool side party. the maid of honor demonstrated texas is not all blue skies and white colliechy. in fact some of the prairie gets downright chuck also found that texas is no place to escape the watchful eye of his future father-in-law.
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it was busy texas weekend with parties and dances in their honor. to cap it off a kitchen shower in austin. >> lynda left room for doubt as for her ability to cope with the various kitchen accessories she received. >> i don't really know how to cook that necessity is the mother of invention.
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>> when chuck and lynda returned the washington, they received a different kind of reception. a record snow had transformed the nation's capital into a somewhat premature christmas setting. the weather may have put a damper on chuck's football, but the festivities were not slowed in the least for lynda the passing of november had brought not only record snows and early ule logs but the solemn realization she would soon be leaving the home where she had spent the last four years. she and chuck bid fair well to the dozens of staff member who is keep the white house machinery moving smoothly. not only do they make the president's house function as the seat of executive power, but they also ensure that it serves as a home for his family. ♪♪ and
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chuck and three of the were soon to be out of circulation it as fa >> more farewells, this time at the house overlooking the potomac. chuck and three other aids were soon to be out of circulation as far as the white house duty roster and some 26 of their fellow aids and their guests took the occasion to say goodbye.
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before chuck's proposal to lynda, few people had ever heard of a social aid. and fewer still had any knowledge of what the job entailed. lynda perhaps summed it up best. >> one of the things they have to do is make people who fill ill at ease, feel at ease. i think there are a lot of people who come to the white house little app hencive and i think that is what the social aids hope to do is make them feel a little bit more at home to extend a little the hospitality of the first family to the guests. and of course naturally i'm very partial to what chuck has done. >> on four occasions starting in 1842 the east room has provided the backdrop for a white house wedding. in each case the task was the same. to trample the stately hall into a proper setting for the marriage ceremony. and in each case the planners and workmen had to contend with
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the problems unique to the time and the circumstance. >> alisyn roosevelt and jesse wilson might have recognized today's east room. but not the strange equipment being installed to record the historic event. even making allowances for style and individual taste, the
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elegant appointments and rich tradition of a white house ceremony had remained constant since the wedding of the first presidential daughter mariah hester monroe in the year 1820. the gift of magnificent silver tea and coffee service was one of the highlights of the evening. the dean of the diplomatic corps presented the handsome chantilly patterned service as a gift. receiving the diplomatic core during the early years of the presidency was a relatively
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simple matter. and the administration of john adams, six missions were accredited to the new republic. today along with their hosts who were ambassador and mrs. hairman, chuck and lynda discovered the number has grown somewhat. as a matter of fact the ranks of the diplomatic core has swelled to the 117. and they honored chuck in the formal reception in and the powerful - and now their social c >> both washington and texas honored lynda and chuck with formal reception, intimate party, colorful chakras, and now the social spectacular revealed one upcoming event that did not seem to fit in any category. ♪♪
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♪♪ actually, chuck's fellow social aids dreamed the whole thing up. they brought to life history's most famous lovers. on hand was such comfortably classic couples as anna and the king of sighiam, as well as 20th century's bonny and clyde.
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>> jim brady and louann russell. hope someday to get my picture on the back side of the box. >> -- on friday. but you probably forgot about this and must have made a special occasion so the group here can kind of begin before monday comes around, thought i'd read this little announcement it says here. for the press. says the president in a surprise move today made captain -- [ laughter ] -- as commandant of the marine
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corps. ain't it wonderful when you can recognize talent? >> i think both of us are very serious. we understand the ramifications of so many of the things that are taking place. i would say both of us could be described on the serious side of spectrum as opposed to the completely gay and carefree. >> i'm basically melancholy. >> i think both of us are fairly serious. >> both fairly serious and fairly quiet. >> i would say both of us could be described on the serious side. >> melancholy. ♪♪ as the parties and preparations led chuck and lynda down to the final few days before the ceremony, gifts were pouring in from friends and well-wishers across the world. ♪♪
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♪♪ the 7th of december was actually two evenings taking place simultaneously. first an acquired gathering in the white house. lynda honored her bridesmaids. on the agenda along with lots of reminiscing were the antics of lynda's nephew baby lynn. >> at the same time at the army navy club. chuck's friends, fellow marines
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and future father-in-law were toasting his last two days of bachelorhood. >> wishing chuck the best of everything because he deserves it and i'm sure he'll get it. this time i'd like to ask to you join me in a toast to the groom. a toast to the groom and discretion to you his bachelor friends. to chuck. ♪♪ >> for providing our good friend
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chuck robb with such a wonderful bride. to the president. >> i'm glad that you gave me a excuse, a legitimate excuse for a night out. [ applause ] ♪♪ >> and let's drink to chuck and many happy years ahead of him.
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and to that noble group that constitute the united states marines. >> this night was so special, chuck's friends spared no expense. talent was sought from the highest levels of government. a former marine private now serving as chief of protocol headed the program. ♪ from the bastions of milwaukee ♪ ♪ to the old north port ♪ ♪ with a minimum of talk he ♪ ♪ stole the whole darn show ♪ ♪ as alert as any eagle ♪ ♪ yet not devoid of soul ♪ ♪ he befriended every beagle ♪ ♪ and moved on towards his goal ♪♪
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♪ he stalked the rosy garden ♪ ♪ with firm and steady pace ♪ ♪ he even begged her pardon ♪ ♪ when they met face to face ♪ ♪ although the goal was far away ♪ ♪ he determined to pursue it ♪ ♪ a true marine he'd never say ♪ ♪ why not let george do it ♪ [ applause ] ♪ so like caesar ♪ ♪ this young captain came ♪ ♪ and conquered what he saw ♪ ♪ now he's proud to claim the title fame ♪ ♪ of united son-in-law ♪♪
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[ applause ] >> seemed like it was just yesterday when a lady in white attending the door at garfield hospital showed small object in -- in the blanket. and i can still feel tonight the wonder that i felt on that very incredible night in march. and i think it's a feeling that comes over every father with his first born. and that is, this is what life is really all about.
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>> a white house courtship may begin quietly, privately, quite apart from the public eye. but the wedding itself takes on an entirely new dimension. whether the bride's father is a monroe, grant, roosevelt, wilson or johnson, the wedding arrangements comprise a mammoth logistics operation. ♪♪
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>> each of those preparations no matter how small or detailed becomes in its own way an important part of the wedding, which in itself is an important part of white house history. so much so in fact that few details escape the notice of the 500 reporters and photographers assigned to the wedding. >> with the wedding only two days a away, control of the infinite number of arrangements seems to revolve more and more around two people, the social secretary, bess able, and the episcopal minster who will perform the ceremony.
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♪♪ ♪♪ >> the world of prenuptial parties ended as it had begun,
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in georgetown under the sun of the indian king. this particularly festive and intimate evening was a special offering from chuck's parents, mr. and mrs. james s. robb of milwaukee, wisconsin. >> i'm very grateful for the generosity of the robb family and the faculty that they included me this evening. in fact, i'm very grateful to the entire robb family. it has given us much more man a son to share and a son to love. we have also been blessed with trenni and david and. and we're very happy and proud to claim them all. i guess it is natural, and i suppose that all fathers worry a little bit about the man who will go out with their daughters. and of course i'm no exception. the job that i hold does have
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certain advantages. they are temporary, i realize. but, chuck, i'm gonna give you very special wedding present tonight. and i want to do it here in the presence of your family and your friends. and i'm now going to proceed to tear up, in your presence, all the secret service reports -- [ laughter and applause ] for the courting period.
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that is the period when you lost interest in leading us down the stairway and just being a bridge partner. and you started spending your weekends at whiskey beach. this first report starts out saturday, 2:00 p.m., completed sunday, 3:00 a.m. top secret, stampeded whiskey beach. chuck, here's all your bachelor past reduced to a bunch of wedding confetti.
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this has been a delightful experience for us all this week, and particularly this has been a very pleasant evening for mrs. johnson and me. our hearts are filled with many memories. our chests are swelled with pride but the eggs come up in our throat as we approach seeing our little one, our first born, walk away with someone else. and seems like it was just yesterday when a lady in white attending the door at garfield hospital showed us a very small object in a very pink blanket,
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and she was pinker than the blanket. and i can still feel tonight the wonder that i felt on that very incredible night in march. and i think it is a feeling that comes over every father with his first born. and that is "this is what life is really all about." let us drink to life old and new, to our dear, beloved first-born, lynda. to the love of her life, chuck. and to all the robbs whose family will enlarge and enrich our own for every day of the very happy future that i know is going to be ours. and for the very happy tomorrow
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that we'll all share together. ♪♪ ♪♪
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dearly beloved, we are gathered here in the sight of god and in the face of this company to join together this man and this woman in holy matrimony, which is an honorable estate, instituted of god, signifying unto us the mystical union that is betwixt christ and
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his church, which holy estate christ adorned and beautified with his presence and first miracle that he brought in ka anyway of galley and commended of st. paul to be honorable among all men and therefore is not by many to be entered into unadvisedly or lightly but reverently, discretely, advisedly, soberly and in the fear of god. into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joinednd in the fear of god. into this holy estate these two persons present come now to be joined. if any man can show just cause why they shall not be wedded together, speak now forever hold your peace. i require and charge you both as you will answer at the dreadful day of judgment when the secrets of all hearts shall be disclosed that. if either of you know any
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impediment why you may not be lawfully joined together in matrimony you do now confess it for be well assured if any persons are joined together otherwise as god's worth does allow, their marriage is not lawful. charles will thou have this woman for his wife to live together in holy estate of matrimony, wilt thou love her, comfort her, honor and keep her in sickness and in health and for saking all others keep the only unto her so long as you both shall live? >> i will. >> lynda, wilt thou have this man for thy wedded husband to live together after god's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony. will thou love him and honor and keep him in sickness and in health and for saking all others
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keep thee only unto him so long as you both shall live? >> i will. >> who gives this woman to be married to this man? >> her mother and i. ♪♪ ♪♪
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>> i charles take the lynda. >> i charles take the lynda. >> to my wedded wife. >> to my wedded wife. >> to have and to hold. >> to and have two hold. >> from this day forward. >> from this day forward. >> for better or worse. >> for better or worse. >> for richer for poorer. >> in sickness and in health. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. >> according to god's holy ordinance. >> and there to i plight the my
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troth. >> take his right hand now. i lynda take thee charles. >> to my wedded husband. >> to have and to hold. >> from this day forward. >> for better, for worse. >> for richer, for poorer. >> in sickness and in health. >> to love and to cherish. >> till death us do part. >> according to god's holy ordinance. >> and there to i give thee my troth. >> bless oh lord this ring that she who gives it and she who wears may abide in thy peace and
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continue in thy favor until their life's end through jesus christ our lord. repeat after me. "with this ring i thee wed". >> in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy ghost. >> amen. >> amen. >> less oh lord this ring that she who gives it and he who wears its may abide if thy peace and continue in thy favor until their life's end through jesus christ, our lord.
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with this ring i thee wed. >> in the name of the father. >> and of the son. >> and of the holy ghost. >> amen. >> let us pray. our father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever and ever. amen. oh eternal god, creator and preserver of all mankind, giver of all spiritual grace, the author of everlasting life, send thy blessing upon these thy servants this man and this woman whom we bless in thy name, that
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they living faithfully together may surely perform and keep the vow and covenant betwixt them made, where of these rings given and received are tokens and pledges, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace together and live according to thy laws through jesus christ our lord. almighty god, creator of mankind who only art the wellspring of life, be stow upon these thigh servants, if it be thy will, the gift and heritage of children, and grant that they may see their children brought up in thy faith and fear, the honor and glory of thy name, through jesus christ our lord. oh god who has so consecrated the state of matrimony, that in it is represented the spiritual marriage and unity betwixt christ and his church.
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look mercifully upon these thy servants that they may love, honor and cherish each other and so live together in faithfulness and patience, in wisdom and true godliness that their home may be a haven of blessing and of peace through the same jesus christ our lord who liveth and reignth with thee in the holy spirit, ever one god, world without end, amen. will you join your right hands now. those whom god have joined together, let no man put asunder. for as much as charles and lynda have consented together in holy wedlock and have witnessed the same before god and this company, and there to have given and pledged their troth each to the other and have declared the same by giving and receiving rings and by joining hands, i
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pronounce that they are man and wife in the name of the father, and of the son, and of the holy ghost, amen. will you kneel for the blessing. >> god the father, god the son, god the holy ghost, bless, preserve and keep you. the lord mercifully with his favor look upon you and fill you with all spiritual benediction and grace. that ye may so live together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life everlasting. amen. you may kiss your bride. ♪♪
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♪♪ ♪♪ >> as with all weddings, the great and the small, there were final obligations. the official wedding photograph.
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congratulations from friends and relatives. and the cake cutting. for the first time captain robb's parents were able to observe their son display his talent as a social aid. captain robb, with ease and grace, presented them to the 500 guests, many of whom were already familiar faces at the white house.
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. >> nearly a century of white house history was spanned with the presence of alice roosevelt. she too was married in the east room and attending her wedding the former nelly grant also married in the east room in 1874. >> for captain and mrs. robb it was an unforgettable, glorious day, filled with moments of tenderness. and for this, the most important house in the nation, it was one of those rare, magic events that happen only once in a lifetime.
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>> let us drink to life old and new, to our dear beloved first-born lynda, to the love of her life, chuck, and all the robbs whose family life will enlarge and enrich our own for every day of the very happy future that i know is going to be ours. and for the very happy tomorrow that we'll all share together. a new mobile video app from cspan. cspan now. download today. american history tv,
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