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Obama Releases Statement on Passing of Betty Ford

From the White House:

Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nation’s First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights. After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life.

Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, are together once more. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to their children, Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.

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11 Responses to Obama Releases Statement on Passing of Betty Ford

  1. MrFord had never aspired to be our VP, much less our President, but answered the call to step in Agnew’s position as a caretaker position.
    When PrezNixon resigned, the Fords were thrown into the national spotlight and both served our country to the best of their ablility.
    MrsFord accepted her new role as FLOTUS graciously.
    Rest in peace, BettyFord.

  2. What a wonderful First Lady an example of bravery and courage for all women. She will be missed but can be with her beloved husband now. God
    Bless and rest in peace.

  3. If you can tolerate a personal story for a minute.

    I was in my early teens when the Fords moved into 1600 Pennsylvania, and not aware of what politics was all about. The one thing I did remember was when Mrs. Ford was diagnosed with breast cancer and had a mastectomy. It was something that I had heard my mother and her friends talk about over coffee, and at the time I had no really understanding of what all they were discussing.

    Fast forward 25 years, and ex-wife #2 and I were sharing an “intimate” moment one night, when I felt a lump in her breast. We contacted her doctor a few days later about it, and within two weeks she underwent a “lumpectomy”. Fortunately the lump was benign, and she made a full recovery.

    Since then, every October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month) I tell guys to do their husbandly duty, and encourage their wives to do self exams and to be aware of what their wives’ breasts feel like (most of the guys like that idea). While my ex and I went through a month of hell waiting for the biopsy results, I was told by her oncologist that a large number of breast cancers are discovered due to husbands finding lumps in their wives’ breasts during foreplay.

    Going through what I am going through now with the current state of public healthcare, I can only imagine what it would have been like today, if we had found that lump. When we went through, what I can only describe as one of the most terrifying times of my married life, we had great insurance, and received fantastic and quick medical treatment. If it was today, or sometime in the future under Obama’s death care system, I have to wonder what would have happened.

    Rest in peace Mrs. Ford, and thank you for being so honest about your breast cancer. You probably have saved thousands of women’s lives due to your candor and bravery. You took a medical condition that was talked about in hushed tones and made a country aware that it is nothing to be ashamed of or needed to deny. A woman is not her breasts, but what lies beneath, her heart.

    • Great points Shofar and well written too. Thanks for sharing your story. We forget how little talked about these things were then. Also remembering how Reagan’s colonoscopy in the 1980s got so much attention to that one. My gastro is the one who performed it! Kind of an odd distinction . . .

      • Keith,
        Thanks for the compliment on the writing, I am trying to improve.

        It took women like Mrs. Ford to help break the stigma of certain medical conditions. Same as with Pres. Reagan and his little “adventure”. I’ve been through the same procedure as Reagan had, and truthfully, I would rather check for lumps on my wife’s breasts than go through that again.