THE PRESIDENT'S LADY by Marie Smith

THE PRESIDENT'S LADY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

More confetti for the campaign send-off, this second biography of Ladybird , while just as effervescent as its subject, somewhat less effusive than Ruth Montgomery's Mrs. LBJ (p. 216). Another difference-- it is factually fuller; another likeness- it is wholly admiring. Not that there isn't a great deal to admire; ladybird is indefatigable; self-effacing; always accessible to everyone; courageous; resilient and inordinately efficient. This is seen in her multiplex portrait as a congressional wife; as Second Lady; as a mother; as a business woman; as a campaigner with her many values from vote-barometer to vote-swinger; as a hostess with a ""warm and friendly"" aura; as an around-the-world-good-will traveller; as a speaker with uaint ""Ladybirdisms""; and finally as a well-dressed woman whose purchases are made to secure her husband's approval and with quality and value, rather than style, in mind. Marie Smith is a ""woman reporter""; Ruth Montgomery is a ""columnist""; they both write for the same audience.

Pub Date: Aug. 3rd, 1964
Publisher: Random House