Executive Producer of Netflix’s House of Cards Beau Willimon described the show’s main character, Frank Underwood, to TV Guide as “Two scoops of LBJ with a dash of Richard III and a pinch of Hannibal Lecter.”
There is no question that the character of Frank Underwood was heavily influenced by Texas State’s most famous alumnus. He even has a photo of LBJ in his office!
Not convinced? See if you can tell who said each of the following quotations. LBJ or Frank Underwood? Answers at the bottom of the page.
- If two men agree on everything, you may be sure that one of them is doing the thinking.
- I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her own way. And second, let her have it.
- I’ve always loathed the necessity of sleep. Like death, it puts even the most powerful of men on their backs.
- Being president is like being a jackass in a hailstorm. There’s nothing to do but to stand there and take it.
- Sometimes I think the presidency is the illusion of choice.
- There are two types of vice presidents – doormats and matadors.
- I want to make a policy statement. I am unabashedly in favor of women.
- I seldom think of politics more than 18 hours a day.
- Proximity to power deludes some into believing they wield it.
- You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.
LBJ: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 10
Frank Underwood: 3, 5, 6, 9