Saturday, July 09, 2011

Betty Ford (1918-2011)

The former First Lady died on Friday at the age of 93. There are a lot of obits out there to read, but allow me to recommend one by journalist Robert Stein:

She came to the White House unexpectedly and never stopped being herself, unlike those before her who could have passed for inflatable life-sized dolls permanently positioned to stare adoringly at their husbands.

Betty Ford spoke openly about everything, from equal rights for women to abortion to what she would do if her 18-year-old daughter were sexually active. Even more, by example, she went beyond politics and set new standards for openness about her own life.


Betty Ford, who died today at 93, was one of the most honest and caring women ever to live in the White House.

Honest and caring, courageous and influential. The legacy of Betty Ford will live on.

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