Bye, Lady Bird.
Lady Bird Johnson died today at the age of 94.
She hated billboards and loved wildflowers, so she left a beautiful legacy in Texas, where spring wildflowers still dot the countryside along highways all over the state.
Unlike the current first lady from Texas, she never hot-boxed Newports, didn't kill anyone in her car as a youth, and didn't marry a stupid son of a bitch.
But Lady Bird did have a mean streak. When singer Eartha Kitt publicly denounced Lyndon Baines Johnson over his policies regarding the Vietnam war, Lady Bird saw that her career was effectively ruined for at least a decade.
Her press secretary was Liz Carpenter, the first journalist to hold that job.
She sold her husband on Head Start, the program for poor little kids to get better educational opportunities.
As a widow, she did an amazing amount of work toward beautifying her hometown of Austin, especially the Town Lake area which remains gorgeous to this day.
Essentially, she was one of America's first environmental proponents.
She was a classy old broad, a proud Texan and a helluva woman.
Godspeed, Lady Bird.