Former First Lady Lady Bird Johnson has passed on. My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. CNN reports:
Lady Bird Johnson, who was first lady during the 1960s and in her later years became an advocate for beautifying public landscapes, died Wednesday, family spokesman Tom Johnson said. She was 94.
She was the widow of Lyndon Baines Johnson, sworn in as the nation’s 36th president on November 22, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
The full story is at the link above. Leave it to CNN to botch the simplest of details. Mrs. Johnson did NOT “in her later years bec[o]me an advocate for beautifying public landscapes,” she in fact adopted the “Beautify America’s Highways” as her personal project in 1965, just after her husband’s landslide reelection. She was so personally identified with the effort that it defies imagination a so-called major media outlet would not recognize that.
She set the standard for First Ladies’ projects with it, a nonpartisan effort to improve our country. If we had a decent public education system, every school child would know that.
Rest in peace, Lady Bird. A grateful nation honors you and thanks you today.