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Palm Springs, CA - Former First Lady Betty Ford Has Died at Age 93

Published on: July 9, 2011 09:54 PM
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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 file picture, Betty Ford reaches out to touch the casket of her husband former President Gerald Ford in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Behind her is her son Steve Ford. Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said Friday, July 8, 2011. She was 93. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, Pool)FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 file picture, Betty Ford reaches out to touch the casket of her husband former President Gerald Ford in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Behind her is her son Steve Ford. Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said Friday, July 8, 2011. She was 93. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, Pool)

Palm Springs, CA - Betty Ford, the outspoken and much-admired wife of President Gerald R. Ford who overcame alcoholism and an addiction to pills and helped found one of the best-known rehabilitation centers in the nation, died Friday in Palm Springs, Calif. She was 93.

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The news of her death at Eisenhower Medical Center brought statements of condolence from President Obama, former Presidents George Bush, George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter, and Nancy Reagan, the former first lady.

“She was Jerry Ford’s strength through some very difficult days in our country’s history,” Mrs. Reagan said, “and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.”

Few first ladies have been as popular as Betty Ford, and it was her frankness and lack of pretense that made her so. She spoke often in support of the Equal Rights Amendment, endorsed legalized abortion, discussed premarital sex and revealed that she intended to share a bed with her husband in the White House.

When her husband’s voice failed him the morning after he was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976, it was she who read the official concession statement with smiling grace. And when Mr. Ford died in December 2006, it was Mrs. Ford who announced his death. The six days of national mourning returned her to a spotlight she had tried to avoid in her later years, living in Rancho Mirage, Calif., a golf community southeast of Palm Springs, and tending to her clinic there, the Betty Ford Center.


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 Jul 09, 2011 at 09:58 PM Anonymous Says:

She was a very classy lady and had a major impact on open an candid discussion of substance abuse and breast cancer. I hope we don't get into a discussion of the fact that she died within several weeks of several gadolim and what that may mean.

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 Jul 09, 2011 at 10:49 PM Not_just_that___ Says:

We won't. Not sure why you think we would!

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 Jul 09, 2011 at 11:44 PM Anonymous Says:

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Not_just_that___ Says:

We won't. Not sure why you think we would!

Its because there are a small cluster of posters here who apparently beleive that any chashuve person over 90 that has been niftar lately is part of a message from hashem about some pending natural disaster or retribution for gay marriage or other nareshkeit

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 Jul 10, 2011 at 10:19 AM cool masmid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Its because there are a small cluster of posters here who apparently beleive that any chashuve person over 90 that has been niftar lately is part of a message from hashem about some pending natural disaster or retribution for gay marriage or other nareshkeit

It seems that you are more messed up then poster #1. Its so sad to see so many misguided individuals among us.

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 Jul 10, 2011 at 11:22 AM MayerAlter Says:

#2 - we would only say that if she was a Rebbitzen not some goyta. Idiot.

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 Jul 10, 2011 at 01:08 PM bigwheeel Says:

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Anonymous Says:

She was a very classy lady and had a major impact on open an candid discussion of substance abuse and breast cancer. I hope we don't get into a discussion of the fact that she died within several weeks of several gadolim and what that may mean.

You opened the door to that kind of discussion. In any case. What it means (when older people pass on) is, that no one lives forever. When fairly young people pass away, then it is a tragedy.

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 Jul 10, 2011 at 04:02 PM Anonymous Says:

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MayerAlter Says:

#2 - we would only say that if she was a Rebbitzen not some goyta. Idiot.

"we would only say that if she was a Rebbitzen not some goyta."

Would it have killed you to call Mrs. Ford a gentile? Was it necessary to use such a purjorative word as the one you used (and I won't repeat). I could almost guarantee that in her lifetime she raised more tzedakah funds (for breast cancer and substance abuse) than your nasty mind could begin to dream of.

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 Jul 11, 2011 at 10:51 AM Shmuelhart Says:

Betty Ford’s passing away brought on points such as some of the above letter writers being messed up, misguided, idiots and have nasty minds. Those who throw out such abuse ought to learn from Betty Ford's example and relate to those whom they do not agree with with some dignity.

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