A legacy of bluebonnets

Today, when Lady Bird Johnson’s name is mentioned, many Texans—like me—think first of the countless bluebonnets that blossom along the highways of our state every spring.

In the years before she died in 2007, “those who remembered her only as the wife of an unpopular president may still have disparaged her Southern drawl, but closer to home she qualified for sainthood, widely loved for her civility and for her environmental work,” says Betty Boyd Carroli, in her book Lady Bird and Lyndon—The Hidden Story of a Marriage that Made a President.

And, at her funeral, Lady Bird was remembered for her own accomplishments, Carroli adds. “Lyndon’s name was barely mentioned.”

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