In one of the more bizarre video series on TikTok right now, a man regularly visits a cemetery to perform today's top music hits "for President Lyndon B. Johnson"
Former President Lyndon B. Johnson was a documented lover of the arts, but would he have enjoyed today’s pop music hits? At least one person, TikTok user @theboyraabit01, seems to think so.
The popular TikToker — whose name is Ben, per his account — has garnered millions of views for recording several videos of himself singing and dancing on top of a grave implied to be that of the 36th U.S. president.
In one video, he's seen singing “get him back!,” the latest single off of Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album, Guts. In another — which currently has over 9 million views — he serenades the site with a rendition of Ice Spice and Nicki Minaj’s “Barbie World” from this summer’s smash hit Barbie movie.
There's one flaw in his otherwise inventive video series, which is — of course — that he's not actually performing for the spirit of President Johnson, but rather dancing beside a seemingly random person's headstone who bears the same last name.
The real gravesites of the former president and first lady are located in a family cemetery at Texas' Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, where LBJ was buried upon his death in 1973. While it's possible to visit the gravesite, it does require a driving pass in order to access it, as noted on the park's website.
Furthermore, the true headstones are more clearly marked, with descriptions noting their full names, dates of birth and death, and titles, as opposed to the headstone seen in the musical clips, which simply reads “JOHNSON.”
While it was not the real LBJ's grave the TikToker was singing and dancing on, his serenades may have been appreciated by the Johnsons, who were noted lovers of live music. President Johnson even signed a bill in 1965 creating the National Foundation for the Arts and the Humanities, which supported symphony orchestras and American composers.
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