Back in View, a First Lady With Her Own Legacy – New York Times

I’m Times-heavy this morning – I’d forgotten how much I’ve missed reading it in this too-busy year. Here’s another nice piece on Betty Ford; a kind of living obituary to thank her for her contribution to 1970s American society, which appears to have been enormous. A pleasant contrast to the current Stepford First Lady, who toes every line and contributes nothing but ornamentation.

Ms. Weidenfeld said the times called for candor, and Mrs. Ford was able to provide it. “When Ford said this will be an open presidency, we thought, ‘O.K., let’s let the first lady open up.'”

While Mrs. Ford drew hundreds of angry letters, public opinion ended up on her side, with “Betty’s Husband for President” buttons decorating the campaign trail.”

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