AeroWesty
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Thoughts On Betty Ford

Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:37 pm

It's undeniable that Betty Ford was a revolutionary First Lady, and the first product of the "women's lib" generation to sit beside a President.

While pictures of her over the last week have resembled remarkable stoicism, the view of her seated in the limousine this morning in obvious grief, while awaiting former President Ford's casket to be brought out of the Capitol, was very sad to watch.

I hope history remembers her well, as in her own way, she did as much to move the country forward on social issues, as President Ford did to help heal the nation from the scandal of Watergate. How lucky we were to have her.

Their kids didn't turn out too badly either.
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RE: Thoughts On Betty Ford

Tue Jan 02, 2007 11:57 pm

Mrs. Ford faced and dealt with 2 major personal problems in her life so far - drug/alcohol addiction and breast cancer. In both cases her public position as First Lady and being one of the first to decide to use her public platform about dealing with those challenges has and continues to positively affect an untold number of people.
Her dealing with alcohol/drug problems lead to the Betty Ford Clinic, one of the leading drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs in the world, and probably saving many lives from an early grave.
Being among the first to really put a public face on the millions of women who face Breast Cancer, brought a lot of needed attention to a terrible disease, leading to huge increases funding and attention to women having regular examinations to see if they were at risk of or have cancer, to catch it early enough to deal with it and for them to lead a full and long life.
The late President Ford should also be applauded for his deep love of and support for his wife in these crises. Supposedly Ford chose to abstain from alcohol himself after his wife decided to deal with her alcohol problem. President Ford's biological father (his mother would remarry a many name Ford, and he would take his name) was allegedly an alcoholic, so probably it was something he could eventually understand.
 
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RE: Thoughts On Betty Ford

Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:32 am

Quoting AeroWesty (Thread starter):
I hope history remembers her well, as in her own way, she did as much to move the country forward on social issues, as President Ford did to help heal the nation from the scandal of Watergate. How lucky we were to have her.

A Class Act. I hope she enjoys many more years of life.
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RE: Thoughts On Betty Ford

Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:40 am

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 1):
Being among the first to really put a public face on the millions of women who face Breast Cancer, brought a lot of needed attention to a terrible disease, leading to huge increases funding and attention to women having regular examinations to see if they were at risk of or have cancer, to catch it early enough to deal with it and for them to lead a full and long life.

Amazing.
Her battle with breast cancer raised awareness and has saved many lives as a result.
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RE: Thoughts On Betty Ford

Wed Jan 03, 2007 12:53 am

Looking back at her life she has lived a remarkable life and a example for anyone to follow. Seeing her now on TV she so reminds me of how Nancy looked during her husbands funeral, both women lost there soul mates.
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