I’ll never forget the day I had the pleasure of meeting Lindy Boggs at her house in the French Quarter. The first thing I remember thinking was, “How does this lovely lady live in the middle of the party on Bourbon Street?”
Lindy Boggs was a special person. A lady of unbelievable class and compassion. But maybe Lindy Boggs’s greatest strength was making people feel good about themselves.
Some might argue her greatest strength was accomplishing things she set out to do. She was a tireless worker on the Hill in D.C. fighting for civil rights when it wasn’t popular to do so in the south. She fought for women’s rights too, demanding they be included in any equal opportunity legislation. Her male colleagues listened and obeyed.
But what most impressed me that afternoon on Bourbon Street was how she made me feel good about myself. The attention this giant of a person gave me. Her sincere interest in what I was doing and what I wanted to do.
It wasn’t fake or appeasing, just the real Lindy Boggs. A classy lady who did more than her civic duty in representing all of us in Louisiana. Black. White. Rich. Poor. Lindy Boggs was a real leader who was greatly respected. And you can’t do much better than that.