Lady Bird Johnson

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New book and podcast recast Lady Bird Johnson as political, policy partner of LBJ

To a great extent, Texans admired Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Johnson with no strings attached, not just while her husband, Lyndon Baines Johnson, served as congressman, senator, vice president and president. For more than three decades after LBJ’s death, on Jan. 22, 1973, she continued to enlarge her philanthropic leadership; she founded new initiatives, such as the Lady Bird Johnson National Wildflower Center; and she nurtured a family who carried on her singular style of quiet, charming, determined and effective influence.
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Delving deep into the legacy of Lady Bird Johnson

Do we really need a 500-plus page tome on Lady Bird Johnson?. Given (sweeping gesture here) everything else we’ve got going on in 2021? In a year that has already delivered an insurrection, an impeachment and an ongoing pandemic, is digesting 27 chapters on a faded first lady from the 1960s a good use of our time?
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Lady Bird Johnson Was a Falcon of a First Lady

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. Lady Bird Johnson always fit the mold of a certain old-fashioned, stereotypical presidential wife: self-effacing, devoted to her generally unfaithful and domineering husband, not particularly chic, and, being a traditional first lady one who needed a public cause, and found hers in planting lots of flowers near highways. They called it at the time, with just a hint of disparagement, “beautification.” Nowhere in the hundreds of thousands of pages written by presidential historians on Lyndon Baines Johnson has there been presented much evidence to the contrary.
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Lady Bird Johnson Was About More Than Wildflowers

Nearly 14 years after her death, Claudia Alta “Lady Bird” Taylor Johnson’s legacy, to most who know anything about her at all, has been boiled down to wildflowers alongside Texas highways. In Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight, Julia Sweig makes the convincing case that Johnson’s role in history is far more complex, interesting, and significant, even central to many of the events of the 1960s that continue to shape our culture and politics.
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A New Biography Portrays Lady Bird Johnson as Much More Than Just a Flower Girl

After a year of the ongoing pandemic and, more recently, the Great Texas Freeze, all Texans will welcome the colorful blooms of this wildflower season. Fittingly, an expansive biography about our state’s first lady of wildflowers, Lady Bird Johnson, is being published this month: Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight by Julia Sweig, a nonresident senior research fellow at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. The book arrives in conjunction with a new podcast by Sweig titled In Plain Sight: Lady Bird Johnson. Together, these works cast Lady Bird in a different spotlight as “a canny political operator, an activist, and a woman who figured out how to navigate that company town [Washington, D.C.].”
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Lady Bird Johnson, first lady and diarist

In 1993 Lady Bird Johnson, widow of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, welcomed "Sunday Morning"'s Charles Kuralt to the LBJ Ranch in Stonewall, Texas, where they talked about the former first lady's legacy. "When you come right down to it," Kuralt asked, "it's a good deal of trouble to plant wildflowers...
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Lady Bird Johnson soared as quiet, determined First Lady

First Lady of the United States is one of the most visible, yet least defined, jobs. It is also one of the trickiest to maneuver; a true damned-if-you-do-too-much, damned-if-you-don’t. In the exhaustively researched “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight” by Julia Sweig, we learn just how much Lady Bird...
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“I Think It’s More Important What’s Inside the Head Than What’s Outside”: The Story of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Lady Bird Johnson

An excerpt from Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight pulls back the curtain on their complex relationship. Sharing their physical space—­that’s how it all started. After a brief and difficult return to Texas following the convention, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson flew to Cape Cod to the home of John F. Kennedy and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, so that the Democratic hopefuls might plan the fall 1960 campaign against the Nixon-­Lodge ticket. The night the Johnsons arrived, the Kennedys cleared out their bedroom closets and drawers, leaving, as Jackie later recounted in an oral history interview with Joe B. Frantz, “no trace of anybody’s toothbrush anywhere,” and slept in a single bed in a tiny guest room, so that the Johnsons wouldn’t know they were sleeping in the Kennedys’ bedroom or otherwise feel they had imposed upon them. With the Johnsons’ arrival at 11 p.m., lobster, Bird’s favorite, was offered though declined: too late in the evening for such a rich meal.