The Presidency: Claudia The Beautician


"Ten thousand Girl Scouts of Kickapoo Council salute you," said the telegram, "pledging their continued services in the efforts of their city beautiful." The American Institute of Park Executives broke down and gave her the first honorary membership ever to go to a woman, and only the fourth in its 67-year history. Bannered the conservative Chicago Tribune: HER NAME is CLAUDIA, AND BEAUTY IS HER AIM.

If anyone doubted that Lady Bird Johnson was in dead earnest about her beautification program, he had only to watch her pace. Having presided over...

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