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  • THOMAS JOHNSON
    Amen! ... http://www.statesman.com/news/content/shared/news/stories/ladybird/07/14/0714ladybird.html ... === message truncated ===
    Message 1 of 4 , Jul 15, 2007
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      Amen!


      --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:

      > Local news said that in addition to all the White
      > House connections in
      > the article, the Eisenhowers also sent someone to
      > Austin yesterday. I
      > wonder who in the Eisenhower family was there
      > yesterday.
      >
      > It was such a touching and beautiful memorial
      > service. Bill Moyers'
      > speech was typically Bill Moyers with his personal
      > memories going back
      > to LBJ's Senate years. I couldn't help but shed a
      > few tears when her
      > granddaughters and daughters delivered their final
      > tribute.
      >
      > Thanks god for Lady Bird Johnson.
      >
      >
      > --- In prezveepsenator@yahoogroups.com, THOMAS
      > JOHNSON <AVRCRDNG@...>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > I was pleased that Nancy Reagan attended and
      > > disappointed that neither George Bush attended,
      > > especially with the Texas connection.
      > >
      > > Tom
      > >
      > >
      > > --- Ram Lau <ramlau@...> wrote:
      > >
      > > >
      > >
      >
      http://www.statesman.com/news/content/shared/news/stories/ladybird/07/14/0714ladybird.html
      > > > Public pays respects at LBJ Library
      > > > Lady Bird lying in repose until 11 a.m.
      > Saturday.
      > > > By Denise Gamino
      > > > AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
      > > > Saturday, July 14, 2007
      > > >
      > > > Luci Baines Johnson had more than grief on her
      > mind
      > > > as she stood by
      > > > her mother's casket in the LBJ Library's
      > towering
      > > > Great Hall.
      > > >
      > > > It was just minutes before the library was to
      > open
      > > > Friday afternoon
      > > > for the hundreds of mourners gathered outside
      > since
      > > > 6:45 a.m. for a
      > > > chance to pay their respects to Lady Bird
      > Johnson.
      > > > The family had just
      > > > locked arms to recite the Lord's Prayer, and
      > then
      > > > took turns kissing
      > > > and caressing Mrs. Johnson's closed casket.
      > > >
      > > > But Luci Johnson was thinking of the 90-degree
      > heat
      > > > on the
      > > > sun-splashed plaza outside the library, where
      > > > hundreds of people
      > > > waited behind candy cane-striped ropes.
      > > >
      > > > No one seemed to notice Luci slip away from the
      > > > family and join
      > > > granddaughter Eloise McIntosh, 7, who was
      > exploring
      > > > downstairs. Luci,
      > > > with Eloise, marched to the library's front
      > doors
      > > > and asked guards to
      > > > let the public come inside.
      > > >
      > > > My mother "wouldn't have wanted you all to be
      > out in
      > > > this heat," she
      > > > told the crowd. "She would have said, 'Thank
      > you.
      > > > Thank you.' Come get
      > > > cool. Welcome to your library."
      > > >
      > > > The public vigil that began so dramatically
      > > > continued through the
      > > > night; there were at least 5,000 daytime
      > visitors
      > > > paying final
      > > > respects, library officials said. The vigil will
      > > > conclude at 11 a.m.
      > > > today so the family and some 2,000 invited
      > guests
      > > > can prepare for this
      > > > afternoon's private funeral service at Riverbend
      > > > Centre.
      > > >
      > > > First lady Laura Bush is expected to attend that
      > > > service along with
      > > > her mother-in-law, former first lady Barbara
      > Bush.
      > > > Other expected
      > > > dignitaries include former President Clinton and
      > > > former first lady
      > > > Sen. Hillary Clinton, former President Carter
      > and
      > > > former first lady
      > > > Rosalynn Carter, former first lady Nancy Reagan,
      > > > Caroline Kennedy and
      > > > Ed Schlossberg, Maria Shriver, Tricia Nixon Cox,
      > > > Susan Ford Bales and
      > > > Gov. Rick Perry and Anita Perry.
      > > >
      > > > Members of Texas' congressional delegation who
      > plan
      > > > to attend include
      > > > Republican Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison and John
      > > > Cornyn, and Rep.
      > > > Michael McCaul, R-Austin.
      > > >
      > > > Austin police will provide escorts for today's
      > > > funeral procession to
      > > > Riverbend and will assist the U.S. Secret
      > Service
      > > > with any escort of
      > > > dignitaries, Austin police spokeswoman Laura
      > > > Albrecht said.
      > > >
      > > > Roads around Riverbend, which is at 4214 N.
      > Capital
      > > > of Texas Highway
      > > > (Loop 360) near Lake Austin, will not be closed,
      > but
      > > > police are urging
      > > > people to take alternate routes if possible
      > during
      > > > the funeral,
      > > > Albrecht said.
      > > >
      > > > At the Riverbend service several family members,
      > > > including Mrs.
      > > > Johnson's daughters Luci Baines Johnson and
      > Lynda
      > > > Johnson Robb and her
      > > > granddaughters Lucinda and Catherine Robb and
      > Nicole
      > > > Covert, will
      > > > offer tributes. Johnson family friends Tom
      > Johnson,
      > > > Harry Middleton
      > > > and Bill Moyers also will offer remembrances.
      > > >
      > > > At the Four Seasons downtown, hotel staff
      > members
      > > > are making an extra
      > > > effort to accommodate out-of-town guests who
      > need
      > > > transportation to
      > > > the events, clothes dry cleaned at the last
      > minute
      > > > or recommendations
      > > > for dinner, said Kerri Holden, the hotel's
      > public
      > > > relations director.
      > > >
      > > > "We don't want them to have to worry about the
      > > > details of their trip,"
      > > > Holden said.
      > > >
      > > > City of Austin employees have been monitoring
      > the
      > > > route of Sunday
      > > > morning's ceremonial cortege, making sure
      > Congress
      > > > Avenue and Cesar
      > > > Chavez Street and the sidewalks are free of
      > debris
      > > > and other hazards.
      > > > Barricades are ready to be put up as needed, and
      > > > extra employees are
      > > > ready to help with street sweeping.
      > > >
      > > > That final public event in the three days of
      > > > memorials and services
      > > > will begin at 9 a.m. at the Capitol at 11th
      > Street
      > > > and Congress
      > > > Avenue. The cortege will end in Johnson City
      > about
      > > > an hour and a half
      > > > later. Then Mrs. Johnson's casket will be taken
      > to
      > > > the LBJ Ranch for a
      > > > private burial.
      > > >
      > > > At the opening of the LBJ Library vigil Friday,
      > Luci
      >
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