Friday, July 11, 2008

The History of The Rolex President [Part 10]

Everybody Wants To Rule The World–LBJ's Rolex President

In the last chapter on JFK we explore the issue of JFKs assassination and as a student of U.S. history I perhaps have some unexpected insight to share with you. As an American I do not believe the Warren Commissions findings.

I strongly believe JFKs assassination was actually an invisible coup d’état executed and planned by former Vice President Richard Nixon, FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover and Vice President, Lyndon Johnson.

For the record, I am not a conspiracy theorist, I am a historian and a seeker of truth. I believe American's deserve to know the truth and all men should be held accountable for their actions.

So let's get started, with the why and how? JFK and Nixon were both accepted to Harvard and JFK being from a wealthy family attended. Nixon did not attend because even though he received a full financial scholarship to Harvard, he did not have the money for the bus ride from California to Boston, so he attended Whittier College in California instead.

Nixon and Kennedy both served as officers in World War II and both men were elected and served as freshman Congressmen as seen in the photo below. Both men also were later elected as Senators from their home states of Massachusetts and California.

In 1960 Kennedy ran against Nixon for the Presidency of the United States. The Kennedy's cheated Nixon out of the Presidency and Nixon was livid. He vowed to get back at Kennedy and he did. On November 22, 1963 Nixon was admittedly in Dallas, Texas when Kennedy was killed.

J. Edgar Hoover was the director of the FBI for 48 years and hated the Kennedy's profusely. He, like Nixon and Johnson thought the Kennedy's were spoiled rich kids. When JFK appointed his brother Attorney General of the United States, Bobby Kennedy went after people that his father promised not to pursue.

These people were close to J. Edgar Hoover and RFK's persistence seriously threatened Hoover's iron reign. J. Edgar Hoover was in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963, and the next day he was at the Santa Anita race track in Southern California. Do you think that if Hoover did not know who killed Kennedy that the next day the Director of the FBI would be at the race track watching the horses run?

The real scoundrel was Vice President Johnson. He despised Kennedy and hated all the Kennedy's. He would refer to them as the Irish Mob. Most people forget history, but LBJ ran against JFK for the Democratic Presidential Nomination in 1960 and they were fierce rivals. Even though Kennedy won, J. Edgar Hoover forced Kennedy to accept Johnson as his Vice Presidential running mate as you will learn in the next two videos:

Kennedy refused to accept Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover forced Kennedy by threatening to publish photos of Kennedy cheating on his wife–Kennedy reluctantly accepted, but did not realize that Johnson would stop at NOTHING to fulfill his dream of becoming the President of the USA.

Johnson also though Kennedy was a spoiled rich kid and the one thing all the men had in common that eliminated Kennedy was they were all self made men who resented Kennedy's father literally buying him the Presidency.

Lyndon Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson were both extremely ambitious and both wanted to see Johnson become the President of the Untied States. The young couple is pictured above posing in front of the U.S. Capital in Washington D.C. in 1935, which was two years before he was elected to the U.S. Congress.

Johnson was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1937 and in 1949 became a Senator from Texas.

Lady Bird and Vice President Johnson are pictured above during the breakfast speech that JFK gave on the day he was killed in Dallas, Texas. If you examine most of the photos of Lady Bird and Lyndon when they are around the Kennedy's, they look like they are bored out of their minds, but not on the morning of Kennedy's assassination. Lady Bird looks very nervous, like she is going to throw-up and Johnson looks like the cat that swallowed the canary, or a man who has been biding his time and is about to become the President of the United States.

The photo below was taken at a speech given by Kennedy just after the breakfast photo taken above in Forth Worth Texas on November 22, 1963. Lyndon Johnson is pictured on the far right and has that exact same look on his face, like a prince preparing to ascend the throne to become King.

Former Secretary of the Navy and current Governor (at the time) John Connally of Texas is pictured below, next to Johnson and it is crystal clear from his facial expression he is not only aware of what is about to happen in a few short hours, but he is super freaked out and very contemplative and worried looking. JFK, clearly is oblivious. People lie, photos don't.

In the photo below, you see seated from left to right, Texas Governor John Connally, His wife Nellie Connally, President Kennedy, and Jackie Kennedy. Jackie, JFK and Connally's wife are all smiling from ear to ear and Governor Connally should be smiling as well, but he knows what is about to happen!!!

I want to point something out. I think Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover all thought they were brave patriots in killing Kennedy. They thought Kennedy was soft on communism, and because he had everything handed to him, was not interested in pursuing war in Vietnam.

They thought Kennedy was a womanizer and that his philandering was a huge risk to the U.S. They also thought Kennedy was out of his mind for inviting African American Civil Rights Leaders like Martin Luther King to the White House for a reception after the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. Kennedy was dead less than 3 months later.

The Johnson's got their wish to become the President and the first Lady of the United States. Lyndon Johnson achieved many great things during his presidency, but he and his pals also profited terribly on sending American boys to their death in Vietnam.

One of the reasons Johnson wanted to get Kennedy out of the way as soon as possible was because Johnson knew he did not have long to live. Johnson not only suffered 3 heart attacks while in the White House, but Johnson's father and grandfather both suffered from the same heart disease and both died when they were 64. Of course Lyndon Johnson died when he was 64 as well.

In my personal opinion, Johnson was a despicable human being, as was Richard Nixon, and J. Edgar Hoover. I think they all died in disgrace and as an American it is not easy for me to express my sentiments, but I am being 100% candid and forthright.

As I mentioned in the last chapter, politics can be a dirty, dirty game. In personally judging the three men, I realize I could be wrong about there character, but as a student of history, I seriously doubt it.

Johnson did some great work and my favorite thing about him is that he was the first President of the United States to wear a Rolex Day-Date, also know in many circles as the Rolex President.

Many people confusingly attributed the term Rolex President to U.S. President Eisenhower wearing his Rolex, but I believe I have proven this to be untrue. Lydon Johnson was the first President to wear a Rolex Day-Date with a Rolex "President" bracelet.

President Johnson is pictured above in the Oval Office with the Australian Prime Minister, Harold Holt discussing the War in Vietnam.

One of the questions I am looking into is how Rolex came up with the name for the "President" bracelet and when? Rolex introduced the Day-Date with the "President" band in 1956, but I don't think they called the bracelet the "President" bracelet in 1956 because they promised Dwight Eisenhower they would not commercialize the fact that he wore a Rolex, so my best guess to date is that Rolex saw President Johnson wearing a Day-Date with a Day-Date band and decided to rename the bracelet to the "President" bracelet.

I say this because I have seen a Rolex brochure from 1967 (During the Johnson Presidency) that specifically refers to the bracelet as the "President Bracelet." I am looking into finding out the genesis of the why Rolex named the bracelet the "President" and I recognize it is possible it had nothing to do with Eisenhower and Johnson. As soon as I know more, I will share my findings with you.

President Johnson is pictured above with Supreme Court Judge Thurgood Marshall who was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of The Untied States, and was appointed by President Johnson.

President Johnson is pictured above with Soviet Premier Aleksei Kosygin in Glassboro, New Jersey for a three-day-summit which was the first time a Soviet Premier met with a U.S. President in the United States since Nikita Khrushchev met with President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1959.

As I previously mentioned, my favorite thing about President Johnson, is how proudly he wore his Rolex President. All These photos of him wearing his Rolex came from the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and I would like to thank them very much for sharing their archives with me.

Of course, I had to go through the archives and find all the great photos of him wearing his Rolex and to the best of my knowledge, the vast majority of these images have never been seen before in public. The earliest photo I was able to find of President Johnson wearing his Rolex Day-Date with the President bracelet was from July 1965 and I never saw a photo of him wearing any other watch through the remainder of his presidency up through 1968.

Lyndon Johnson is pictured above in the Oval Office with Senator Bobby Kennedy. I think that Johson, Hoover and Nixon were also behind RFK's assassination as well as his brother JFK's assassination.

Lyndon Johnson is picture above with the Mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley who was responsible for getting Johnson and JFK elected by cheating on vote counts in Cook County, Illinois.

Johnson was a President of the Untied States from Texas who thought he was a cowboy.

This is my favorite part of this chapter on the History of The Rolex President, because I like the shots of Johnson wearing his President, but we also get to see Civil Rights leader, Martin Luther King wearing his beloved Yellow Gold Rolex Datejust in the White House. Click on the photo above to see King's Rolex Datejust.

President Johnson is seen below with Martin Luther King on July 2, 1964 after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed most forms of racial segregation. I hate to say this but I think Johnson, Nixon and Hoover were also behind Martin Luther King's assassination.

I believe they killed him because in their minds he became way too powerful. He brought American to its knees by using Ghandi's economic boycott tactics. You see, at the time approximately 12.5% of the U.S. population was African American and if Martin Luther King told African Americans to boycott white business, the white businesses would lose their entire profit margin for the year.

I believe they killed Martin Luther King which is the single dumbest thing they could have done. When King was assassinated, African American's lost their minds and started rioting and rebelling against the white establishment. African American's started growing big afros and doing many other counter-culture things because they lost their leader and they simply gave up on trying to play the white man's game.

I realize this may not be the best place to discuss politics, but I believe Senator Barack Obama has the best chance of reuniting not only the African American community as Martin Luther King did, but also has the best chance for uniting black and white race relations.

In my opinion, Senator Barack Obama, because his mother was white and his father black, is a perfect hybrid for significantly improving race relations in America. Senator Barack Obama, in my mind is the perfect mix of JFK and MLK.

He is trim and articulate like President John F. Kennedy and has Kennedy's charisma, great smile and youthful energy, and he also has Martin Luther King's superb oration skills, brains and courage.

U.S. General Maxwell Taylor (pictured above) was a highly decorated World War II soldier who German Field Marshal Albert Kesselring surrendered to on behalf of the Nazi regime on May 13, 1945 in Berchtesgarden, Germany.

He was involved in the Korean War as Eisenhower's Chief of Staff from 1955-1959. In 1957, President Dwight D. Eisenhower ordered General Taylor to deploy 1,000 troops from the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce Federal Court orders to desegregate Central High School during the Little Rock Crisis.

After the April 1961 Bay of Pigs fiasco, President Kennedy felt the Joint Chiefs of Staff failed to provide him with sound military advice, and appointed General Maxwell Taylor to head a task force to investigate the failure of the invasion. Kennedy was so impressed with Taylor he appointed him as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which he served as until 1964.

He is pictured above on January 30, 1968 in the Cabinet Room during a meeting with President Johnson in the White House. I though I would share this photo because I think General Maxwell Taylor's Rolex President is a great wrist shot.

Lyndon Johnson was a tough negotiator, but his avarice seemed to get the best of him.

Lyndon Johnson and his General's made a huge mess in Vietnam and sent many, many, many American boys to their death, but a tremendous amount of money went into the pockets of the American Military Industrial Complex.

As a matter of fact, more munitions were spent in Vietnam by the Americans, than by all the Allies and Axis powers during all of World War II. In other words, a small group of people made a tremendous amount of money–just like in Iraq today.

I think in many ways Eisenhower's warning to the American people in his farewell speech regarding the American Military Industrial Complex came true in Vietnam and likely continues today with Iraq.

In the photo above, Johnson is consulting with retired President Eisenhower. Johnson is wearing his trademark yellow Rolex Day-Date.

Lyndon Johnson was the second U.S. President to wear a modern Rolex, and the first to wear a Day-Date, with a Rolex "President" bracelet.

After serving his first full term, on March 31, 1968 President Lyndon Baines Johnson announced he would not be running for a second term. Four days later, on April 6, 1968 Martin Luther King was assassinated. Two short months latter just after winning the Democratic California Primary in his run for the Presidency, JFK's younger brother, Robert Kennedy was assassinated on June 5, 1968.

Lyndon Johnson passed the torch to President Nixon as seen together planning out the future in July 1968 in the photo below. One question that comes to mind is, what is a Democrat President doing in the White House with the Republican Candidate in a one on one meeting? Think about it?

Richard Nixon is the only President in American history to resign and disgrace the office of the Presidency. President Nixon's first Vice President, Spiro Agnew resigned a year earlier in 1973 because of a scandal in which the U.S. Attorney's office charged him with extortion, tax fraud, bribery, money laundering and conspiracy. JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Martin Luther King, RFK, LBJ, Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew all played with fire and got burned.

This concludes my series, at least for now, on the History of the Rolex President. I realize this series ended on a somewhat somber note, but as a historian and scientist, I seek only to reveal the truth by separating the fact from the fiction.

I realize some may attempt to discredit my findings on the JFK assassination, but I am certain in time the American people and people of the World will come to learn the sad and pathetic truth about the American Presidency through the sixties and seventies.

If there is any question in your mind as to the veracity of my facts you have two options. You can take the blue pill, and bury your head in the sand. Or, you can take the red pill, open your mind and watch this Interview with LBJ's mistress that will blow your mind.

I strongly believe my forefathers fought for the United States so one day their sons, like me, would have the freedom to express their honest opinions on paper as I have done here today. In my mind, the freedom of speech we enjoy in the U.S. is one of our greatest liberties.

Overall, I am very happy with my contribution to sharing superb Rolex history with my readers. Many serious Rolex collectors and enthusiasts have already suggested this series will be heralded as an invaluable contribution to the Rolex collecting community and I sincerely thank them very much for their kind and gracious compliments.

Others have suggested my History of The Rolex President is one of the best historical articles on Rolex they have ever read. Originally I was going to call it "The President's President" but I realized while I was writing Part 1 it was really in many ways the greatest piece I would ever write on the history of Rolex and it would be incomplete without me going all the way back to the beginning of Rolex history.

I must admit completing this 10 Part Series on the History of The Rolex President is one of the most difficult things I have ever done. . Overall, I am amazed with how much I learned about not only Rolex history, but World and American history.

Once again, I would like to thank everybody who has helped me along the way!!!

Warmest regards,
Jake Ehrlich
San Francisco, California, U.S.A.


James P said...

This is an outstanding article, Jake, thank you. I'm looking at the DateJust on my wrist in a whole different light!

Phil said...

Jake, found this website when I was researching my 14060M. Excellent work and it was a nice read. I really enjoyed the short history lesson on the Presidents and Rolex.
One of favorite movies of all time was JFK, I imagine you must have watched that movie with great interest!
Please keep me updated on any new findings.
Thank you !

P said...

Hi Jake,
I came back just to check out the picture of DDE's Datejust this morning and found myself going through the whole Presidential Rolex history part by part. I found the letters between Rolex and DDE to be absolutley captivating. I can only imagine how blown away you were upon discovering them for yourself. I'm already a bit of a WWII student, but still managed to pick up some interesting facts regarding the same. I'm also a little embarrased to know so little history surrounding the JFK, Nixon, and LBJ events. Pretty amazing to learn so much in such an indirect way. Thank you once again for all your work and sharing it with everyone. If you find out more on any of this, I sincerely hope you will publish that as well.

Kind regards,


Jane said...

1.Jakie was for sure upset about Marilyn and JFK's affair everybody knows. Have you ever thought it might be possible that M.M was assassinated by Jakie's order?
2.M.M was assassinated by JFK's order, and after a M.M.'s fan killed JFK?!

Cay Brøndum said...

Hey Jake.

Great Work on this story, just great. As an artist with a special interest in vintage Rolex I´ll have to start painting a president series after reading this. Thanks for interesting and inspiring reading. Cheers from Copenhagen. Cay