Quotes of the Day for 9 July 2011 – Betty Ford
Elizabeth Anne Bloomer was born at Chicago, Illinois on 8 April 1918 and raised at Grand Rapids, Michigan. After high school she studied Dance at Bennington College in Vermont, did some modeling, and studied and danced under Martha Graham before returning to Grand Rapids. She married Gerald R. Ford during his first Congressional campaign, they spent their honeymoon at Republican Party rallies. Two months after Ford became president, Betty had a mastectomy and was willing to talk about it, the outpouring of public support was dramatic. She continued to be outspoken as First Lady, making her popular with millions but not always with the Republican leadership. Soon after that her family challenged her over her drug and alcohol dependencies. She resisted but then conquered the addictions, again willing to talk publicly and model a positive response to a sometimes-buried problem for millions. She died yesterday at Palm Springs, California. She was 93.
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I've learned a lot about myself. Most of it is all right. When I add up the pluses and subtract the minuses, I still come out pretty well.
I think I was born to be outspoken. Hopefully, it's been to the benefit of others.
It's always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they're about eighteen years old. If you haven't made your points with them by then, it's too late.
My makeup wasn't smeared, I wasn't disheveled, I behaved politely, and I never finished off a bottle, so how could I be alcoholic?
The search for human freedom can never be complete without freedom for women.
You never know what you can do until you have to do it.
All from Betty Ford, 1918 - 2011
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