Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Government House, Local Projects
Title: She's Savvy To Political Protocol
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Title: She's Savvy To Political Protocol
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Government House, Local Projects
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Language: English
Creator: Thomas, Helen
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Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
48 King Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Government House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
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Lady Bird's Two Top Aides Confer At White House and press secretaries, Mrs. Abell (left) "and Mrs. Carpenti

To Political


new White House Social secre-
Jary once lived in the Ken-
tucky governor's mansion.
SShe is blonde, vivacious Bess
Xbell, who has been with Mrs.
'ndon B. Johnson the past
iree years as her personal
Mrs. Abell is the daughter
if the former governor and
U.S. Senator from Kentucky,
Earle C. Clements. She plans
to mesh her personal chores
far the First Lady with her
duties as social secretary of
the White House.
Mrs. Abell has done a top-
notch job as Lady Bird John-
son's Girl Friday. Few women
have ever worked as well or as
smoothly together. She used to
go to work every day at the
Johnson suburban home, "The
Elms." and has traveled ex-
tensively with Mrs. Johnson.
The easy going Mrs. Abell,
36, has the poise of a southern
belle. She is savvy about pol-
'itics and remembers well a les-
son her father taught her about
the world when she was 14.
After her father was elected
-Kentucky Governor in 1947,
Bess, an enthusiastic teen-ager,
*,remembers being thrilled by
.the glamour and excitement of
riding with him in the inaugur-
'al parade.
' That night the governor
called his daughter into his
,study and asked how she liked
'being the daughter of the chief
,executive of the state.
She bubbled over, exuberant-
. ly telling him that she had
been thrilled by the police, the

sirens, the crowds, and obvious-
ly her own new importance.
Kentucky seemed like the cen-
ter of the world.
Her father smiled and
pointed to a globe of the world
standing on his library table.
"See if you can find Ken-
tucky on that globe," he said.
She whirled it around several
times and hunted anxiously.
"See, you can hardly find Ken-
tucky at all!" he said quietly.
"He gave me my first sense
of political perspective," said
Mrs. Abell.
She graduated from the Uni-
versity of Kentucky with a
bachelor's degree in political
science in 1954. By that time,
her father was a senator and
she worked for a while in his
office on Capitol Hill.
Eight years ago she married
Tvypr Ahpll stepson of colum-
nist Drew Pearson. They were
given a wedding reception by
the Lyndon Johnsons.
The Abells have two chil-
dren, Dan, 5, and Lyndon, 3.
The latter was born during the
1960 Democratic convention
and was named for Johnson.
Abell is associate general
counsel of the Post Office De-
partment. He has no objection
to his wife having a career of
her own. Her children, she
says, "aren't old enough to
know they're neglected."
Mrs. Abell had a big hand in
planning a lot of exciting enter-
tainment at the home of the
Vice President. She looks for-
ward to planning some of the
big parties at the White House
and says "It is always excit-
ing" to go to work each day.

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