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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

RIP Lady Bird

posted by on July 11 at 16:04 PM

Lady Bird Johnson dies.

To quote my great friend Lee: “The worst thing about our parents and the coolest thing about our parents is that the First Lady was named Lady Bird and it didn’t faze them.”

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It's "faze", not "phase".

Posted by Kaitlyn | July 11, 2007 4:06 PM

Your friend "Lee"? Would that have been Lee Harvey Oswald? If so, did Lee ever tell you if LBJ hired him for the hit?

Posted by Shaniqua Jackson | July 11, 2007 4:11 PM

Who was the last US President to outlive their First Lady? These old birds seem to live a long, long time.

Posted by DOUG. | July 11, 2007 4:28 PM

after Ann Richards, the second coolest lady from Texas, ever.

Posted by longball | July 11, 2007 4:43 PM

No disrespect to Lady Bird Johnson, who I thought died years ago, but could we also get a SLOG entry about all-time great movie and TV character actor Charles Lane who died this week at age 102?

Posted by Slip Mahoney | July 11, 2007 5:41 PM

bless her soul. lady bird johnson was the coolest name EVER for a first lady (or any lady) and what a lady she was.

a mint julep in her honor seems appropriate on a day like today.

Posted by kerri harrop | July 11, 2007 6:01 PM

My first guess as to who Josh's "great friend Lee" could be is:

Lee Radziwell...

Josh being so hip and all.

Posted by blanchard | July 11, 2007 6:42 PM

Her real name was Claudia. Her nanny gave her the nickname as a child.

Posted by just sayin' | July 11, 2007 7:00 PM

Her real name was Claudia. Her nanny gave her the nickname as a child.

Posted by just sayin' | July 11, 2007 7:02 PM


Posted by just sayin' | July 11, 2007 7:03 PM

I'll miss that voice of hers. She was a real charmer, fine creature, that Lady Bird.

Posted by Deacon Seattle | July 11, 2007 9:57 PM

@3: The answer to your question of who was the last president to outlive their first lady is intersting: Richard Nixon outlived Pat.

Posted by raindrop | July 11, 2007 11:28 PM

The next will be George W outliving Laura. There's a pattern. You see Pat Nixon died of shame and humiliation - something her husband didn't possess or experience. Just like 43. Lady Bird, to her credit, stood by her man no matter how badly he treated her; you only have to read Robert Caro's massive biography of LBJ to understand what the tragedy of being an American political wife is all about. Figuratively, the US landscape has been strewn with their bodies. Although one has picked herself up, dusted herself off and started all over again. See Hill run.

Posted by KENTUCKY KERNEL OF TRUTH | July 12, 2007 11:19 AM

More on the trials and trails of Lady Bird...

Posted by KENTUCKY KERNEL OF TRUTH | July 12, 2007 12:36 PM

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