Southwestern Historical Quarterly
From left, Muriel Humphrey, Sen. Hubert Humphrey, Lady Bird Johnson, and President
Lyndon B. Johnson at the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Lady Bird's opinions and
assistance were important to LBJ. LBJ Library Photo by Cecil Stoughton.
of her husband's efforts and the rightness of his cause. In her White
House Diary she recalled those long days when she provided not only
moral support, but also brought him clean clothes and sustenance as he
outlasted a southern-led filibuster to get the bill to President
The country got a close look at Lady Bird's character and vulnerability
four days before the 1960 election when she and Johnson went to Dallas
to campaign. A right-wing Republican congressman, Bruce Alger, had
mobilized a group of women described by the press as '"Junior League
types, many in mink coats." They met the Johnsons in the lobby of the
Baker Hotel and pursued them across the street to the Adolphus where
Johnson was to make a campaign speech, yelling at them and spitting on
them both. "As Lady Bird was stepping out, one of the pickets impulsively
snatched Mrs. Johnson's gloves from her hands and threw them in the
gutter. Lady Bird went white. It was still a time when incivility was rare in
politics, when public figures felt safe in crowds," wrote one eyewitness.
'"Johnson, White House Diary, 174.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 106, July 2002 - April, 2003. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101223/. Accessed May 5, 2015.