August 27, 1967. The Daily Diary describes President Johnson’s trip to Dupont Circle to look at “hippies.”
“As the car turned onto Independence Avenue, the President said that he would really like to take a drive out to Dupont Circle and to the 18th and Columbia Road area to look at “hippies,” because he’d never seen one, he said…
At Dupont Circle, the President asked Mrs. Johnson to try to find some “hippies” for him to see—not many were out, but the President did get to see a couple of them. The car followed the outer section of the circle two times around, and then moved to the inner section…for two times around. The second time around the President got a good look at the long haired, necklace draped, rope tied clothed fellows sitting around on the benches. He took special interest in one who had a bundle of pamphlets under his arm, distributing them to anyone who would take them.”
Photo of Dupont Circle from Google Maps Streetview.
Photo of “Hitchhiker with His Dog, ‘Tripper’, on U.S. 66.” from photographer Charles O’Rear as part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s DOCUMERICA project. Check out more O’Rear photos from the project on the National Archives’ flickr page.