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Former First Lady Johnson Dies at 94

Lady Bird Johnson, wife of former President Johnson, died of natural causes Wednesday at her home in Austin, Texas. She was 94. The NewsHour reports on the former first lady's life and environmental legacy.

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    Finally tonight, remembering Lady Bird Johnson. The former first lady died today of natural causes at her Austin home. Historian Michael Beschloss profiled Mrs. Johnson for a PBS documentary in 2001. This excerpt focuses on her White House role during the Vietnam War.

  • MICHAEL BESCHLOSS, Presidential Historian:

    The war was taking its toll on LBJ. He was moodier than ever, and he took it out on his staff.

    Lady Bird patched up hurt feelings. Sometimes she confronted her husband. One friend observed that the only thing that could calm Lyndon Johnson was two words from Lady Bird, "Now, Lyndon."

    Lady Bird's devotion to her husband became even more fierce as the country sank deeper into Vietnam.

    LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON, Former President of the United States: I have today ordered to Vietnam the Air Mobile Division and certain other forces, which will raise our fighting strength from 75,000 to 125,000 men.


    Thousands of demonstrators opposed to the Vietnam War assembled in the nation's capital for a mass protest…