Friday, July 8, 2011

R.I.P. Former First Lady Betty Ford

Betty Ford, the widow of President Gerald Ford, who served as First Lady from 1974-1977, has died at 93. Ford is best known for establishing the Betty Ford Clinic in Rancho Mirage, Calif., in 1982 after she recovered from addiction to alcohol & medication prescribed to her in the 1960s. She leaves behind four children, Michael, Jack, Steven & Susan. She and Gerry were married for 58 years.
Ford was quite a trailblazer—and boy, could Republicans learn a thing or two from her today. She supported the Equal Rights amendment, was pro-choice, admitted she'd been to a psychiatrist and that she would try marijuana if she were a teen. A few weeks after Gerald Ford was sworn in as the 38th president in 1974, she discovered she had breast cancer and had a mastectomy. Her willingness to talk about her cancer was credited with saving thousands of lives. She continued to be outspoken during her years as First Lady.