President Donald Trump may have a reputation for self-promotion, but he’s no Lyndon Baines Johnson.
When Trump met Pope Francis today in the Vatican, he gave the pontiff first-edition books by Martin Luther King Jr., a piece of granite from the MLK memorial in Washington and a sculpture by Stuart artist Geoffrey Smith.
When Johnson visited Pope Paul VI in December 1967, he gave the pope a bronze and plaster bust — of LBJ.
According to a 2015 account in the Catholic website AmericaMagazine.org, “LBJ beamed while Pope Paul was straining to show gratitude when he really felt something less than that. But being the natural diplomat he was, Pope Paul accepted it with grace, tact and not a little intestinal discomfort.”