Lady Bird's Last Hurrah


Standing in Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital on that unforgettable afternoon five years ago last week, Lady Bird Johnson, numb with sorrow and shock, turned to Mrs. John Connally and whispered: "Oh, Nellie, I feel that I am onstage for a part I never rehearsed." The First Lady learned her lines quickly. While her husband was al most constantly under fire, Lady Bird rarely became a target — except, perhaps, for cracks about her babyhood nickname and her Texas drawl. When the John sons had the Nixons to lunch at the White House just after the election, Pat...

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