Betty Ford: A Singular First Lady

When Gerald Ford became president after Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, he proclaimed himself “indebted to no man and only to one woman.” His job was clear: to heal a nation torn apart by Watergate and Vietnam. But what about that woman? Betty Ford has called Aug. 9, 1974, “the saddest day” of her life. The transition was not easy. Her press secretary, Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld, remembers her first job interview with the new First Lady. She asked Ford what a First Lady’s press secretary...
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