Betty Ford died today at the age of 93.
Her legacy was written long ago by her courage, candor and self confidence that enabled her to talk publicly about her alcohol and drug problems well before it was fashionable to do so. She made it possible for millions of others to believe that they too could beat their addiction problem.
Betty Ford was a refreshing person that you just knew you’d love to know. The Ford’s came to the White House at a time of national scandal when the nation badly needed to see honest, real people living in the people’s house. Gerry and Betty Ford were for us a new balance and the way forward out of those Watergate years. Our nation will forever owe them a debt of gratitude for being just who they were when we needed them most.
Betty Ford’s approachable, honest charm reassured the nation who saw her as genuine. Today she has gone to her rest with a ‘family’ admirers the world over.
Thank you, Betty!