In this September 30, 2000 file photo, U.S. ambassador to the Holy See Lindy Boggs speaks during a news conference in Rome. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File) “The country has lost a champion for civil rights and a trailblazer for women.” –Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is remembering late congresswoman Lindy Boggs as a champion of civil rights and women’s rights. Boggs, a plantation-born Louisianan who used her soft-spoken grace to fight for civil rights during nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband in the House, died Saturday at her home in suburban Washington. She was 97. Boggs represented her Louisiana district for nearly 18 years in the House.