olga Posted July 9, 2011 Share Posted July 9, 2011 Betty Ford died on Friday, after surviving alcoholism, breast cancer and being a political wife. Everything is so open now in this society, that it's hard to understand what a breath of fresh air she was when she talked frankly about her breast cancer back in the 70s. She was also very open about her problem with alcohol, and her stay in a rehab facility. This lead her to establish the Betty Ford Clinic, which quickly became popular with celebrities who needed treatment for addiction. Betty also spoke her mind about issues important to her, and she never made a secret of the fact that she voted her conscience instead of the straight Republican ticket. Her husband and kids were devoted to her, which is a good indication of her warmth and loyalty to them. Here's an article about her from the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/betty-ford-dies-at-93-former-first-lady-founded-iconic-clinic/2011/07/08/gIQAOspd4H_story.html She and her husband were a welcome change from Richard Nixon, and I don't think they got the credit that they should have for trying to be a stable influence after the shenanigans of Nixon and his Watergate lies. olga Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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