Did you know that ‘Lady Bird’ Johnson was born today in 1912? She was a successful businesswoman and transformed the role and office of First Lady. Her husband was Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th President of the United States. Throughout her life, she started and advocated for conservation and beautification programs. Millions of flowers were planted in Washington DC and along highways; towns and cities created trails, parks, and nature centers. She said “Where flowers bloom, so does hope”.
We hope that you have a picturesque day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.
“Lady Bird” was a nick name. Her given name was Claudia Alta. She was named after her uncle. When she was an infant, her nurse said she was “as purty as a ladybird” and the name stuck. Her family called her “Lady” and others called her “Bird”.
Lady Bird Johnson’s mother passed away when she was five. She was raised mainly by her aunt.
Lady Bird Johnson, her husband and her two daughters all shared the same initials, “LBJ”.
Lady Bird and Lyndon Johnson were in the motorcade when President Kennedy was assassinated. They were two cars behind President Kennedy’s vehicle.
Lady Bird Johnson transformed the role and office of First Lady. She had her own press secretary, chief of staff, and liaison with Congress. She was also active in promoting worthy causes such as Head Start and the Civil Rights Act. The Highway Beautification Act was nicknamed “Lady Bird’s Bill”.
She was a tireless campaigner. She was very active during the Kennedy – Johnson campaign since Jacqueline Kennedy was pregnant. While performing her duties, Lady Bird Johnson travelled over 35,000 miles and appeared at 150 events; all in just 71 days! During the 1964 election, she gave over 45 speeches in 5 days.
She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 by Gerald Ford for her humanitarian works and efforts to beautify and conserve the American landscape. In 1988 she received the Congressional Gold Medal.