Sunday, July 10, 2011

Ex first lady Betty Ford dies

Betty Ford, the widow of former President Gerald Ford died today at age 93, five years after her husband. Betty Ford was the first lady of the United States between 1974 and 1977 and was known as the founder of an addiction rehab clinic in California and for his activism in favor of equality for women.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said: "Throughout his life, Betty Ford was distinguished by his courage and compassion," highlighting his work as an advocate for women's rights.

Her husband was vice president of the Republican administration of Richard Nixon and relieved him in office after his resignation in the Watergate scandal in 1974. He lost the election to Jimmy Carter in 1976. Betty Ford jumped into the public arena in 1978 for his admission to the Naval Hospital in Long Beach (California) to treat her dependence on drugs and alcohol.

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