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First Lady Bird Johnson Claudia Johnson And Liz Carpenter On Flight To Denver In 1966 - E485
Here we have an 8" x 10" photo of Claudia Lady Bird Johnson, discussing things with Liz Carpenter while on a flight enroute to Denver, Colorado. The original image was captured on October 17, 1966. White House photo by Jack Kightlinger.
Lady Bird Johnson was born on December 22, 1912 as Claudia Alta Taylor near Karnack, Texas. She received her nickname "Lady Bird" as a small child.
In 1934 Lady Bird met Lyndon Baines Johnson, then a Congressional secretary visiting Austin on official business. They were married in November 1934.
Her husband went on to become the 36th President of the United States. When his Presidential term ended, the Johnsons returned to Texas. LBJ preceeded Lady Bird in death by 34 years. Lady Bird Johnson passed away on July 11, 2007.
Liz Carpenter, often called the funniest woman in politics, was born on September 1, 1920 in Saledo, Texas, as Elizabeth Sutherland Carpenter. She has many accomplishments in life, including being a noted writer, humorist, media advisor and speech writer. She was responsible for the short speech by LBJ after the death of John F. Kennedy:
This is a sad time for all people. We have suffered a loss that cannot be weighed. For me, it is a deep personal tragedy. I know that the world shares the sorrow that Mrs. Kennedy and her family bear. I will do my best. That is all I can do. I ask for your help and God's.
She became press secretary for Lady Bird Johnson, as well as her staff director. She also wrote speeches for LBJ and has served in various roles appointed by Presidents Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
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