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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:40 PM
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watching CNN...I am crying for Betty Ford. She is one awesome lady
and she looks so sad
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:41 PM
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1. Think of all the sad people left in the wake of Ford's "work"
Or, do they count at all?
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:42 PM
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3. everyone who is sad counts
betty ford isn't barbara bush.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:43 PM
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4. exactly. She is a strong woman of courage who spoke her mind
and is for WOMEN


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lancdem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:50 PM
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14. I second that
I've always liked Betty Ford.
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theHandpuppet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:54 PM
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18. Thank you
She deserves the respect and compassion she earned in abundance.
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:27 PM
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43. Agreed n/t
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:53 PM
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51. I'll "third" that.
Betty is an amazing woman. She is a hero of mine.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:45 PM
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8. Yeah, because there are never any posts on DU expressing sympathy
or outrage or even concern for all those people.

Here on DU we save it all up for Betty Ford.

:eyes:
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cali Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:48 PM
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9. what on earth are you talking about?
Betty Ford just lost her husband. The OP expressed simple loving kindness towards her. That's a good thing. It has nothing to do with what Ford did or didn't do as President. If you can't understand something that basic, you need a refresher course in kindness and decency.
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bobbolink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:49 PM
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11. Thank you for your most kind advice.
I'll remember that the next time you post.

:crazy:
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:54 PM
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52. Thanks for saying that.
Indeed.
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KingFlorez Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:51 PM
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15. The man was decent
And his wife is torn up right now, this is a sympathy thread, not one to bash someone.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:52 PM
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:07 PM
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25. Some people think concern is like a pie - there's only so much
and if anyone else gets any there's less for them.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:57 PM
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35. Notice...
...my message got deleted, it was that offensive. :eyes:
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:07 PM
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38. sorry I missed it
I can't imagine it was bad
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:15 PM
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40. Amazing that expressing sympathy for an elderly woman who lost her husband
can meet with yet more "WHAT ABOUT ME? PAY ATTENTION TO ME!!!" attitude.


:-(

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LittleClarkie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:36 PM
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32. Nah, they don't count
Expressing concern for Betty Ford negates any concern for anyone else ever. Didn't you know that?

:sarcasm:
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:53 PM
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33. hehe
I think betty ford is da bomb


she was cool before it was cool
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:27 PM
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42. Betty Ford is not her husband, and Mrs. Ford is a hell of a woman
I'll say she's the most proactive of all First Ladies, except for Eleanor Roosevelt.

She didn't keep her mouth shut, and her husband refused to ask her too. Good for both of them.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:42 PM
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59. he knew she was right
and he loved her very much


when she revealed she was hooked on alcohol, HE stopped drinking for her
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 07:51 PM
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60. Some of us
have enough to go around without having to divvy it up to only some. :-(
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:41 PM
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2. hmm
I always liked Betty Ford and the Ford kids.
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:44 PM
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5. That's OK greenbriar
Compassion is a good thing ... and you don't need to feel the weight of the world every minute of everyday.

I can relate to Mrs. Ford's personal pain and loss myself.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:45 PM
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7. she just looks so tiny and frail
the pictures of her in their younger years she was one beautiful lady

she is still classy now!
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:04 PM
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23. From their wedding day:

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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:07 PM
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24. thank you
that is an awesome picture



do you have one of them together towards the end?
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:07 PM
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37. Here's one.
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Clark2008 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:55 PM
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53. He was quite a looker, too. I would have never realized that.
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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:55 PM
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34. Here's another nice one.

They do look like they really cared for each other.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:09 PM
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39. that is awesome
thank you


truly they are in love
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:36 PM
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48. I love this picture of them. n/t
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w8liftinglady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:44 PM
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6. I feel sad for her,too.At least with Betty-a small part of the world was made better
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 02:45 PM by w8liftinglady
namely,people with chemical addictions.It took a lot of balls for her to come out the way she did.Her validation of addiction as a disease helped many people seek help.It was a courageous thing to do.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:49 PM
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10. and she is for allowing a women the Right to choose
and for womens rights
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:49 PM
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13. oh look at her ...she is so strong
yet you can see the sadness in her eyes
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Pathwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:16 PM
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29. She also brought breast cancer to the public eye.
Before she spoke about it, those words had never been heard on TV. We owe that to her, too.
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:49 PM
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12. I have much respect for Mrs. Ford and she lost her best friend.
You have every right to feel sad for her.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:53 PM
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17. As a woman with a hubby who may or may not
die before me, I understand her sadness. She also did some good things and was liberal on important issues. That said, I am not mourning for Ford. He covered up too much evil.

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still_one Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:15 PM
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28. This thread is getting much more interest than any about Darfur that gets posted
now don't get me wrong, I express my sympathy to their family, but for goodness sake he was 93 years, a hell of a lot older than most in the Sudan ever grow up to be

What makes one person more special than another?

Just an observation, not to take away from the sympathy being expressed for Betty Ford


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:59 PM
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36. With ya.
Betty Ford did so much good.

Ford, not so much.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:57 PM
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19. he truly loved his wife and put her above all else
always
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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:00 PM
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21. Of that I am truly envious
Her grief must be almost unbearable.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:02 PM
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22. yes I imagine she is just empty
much was said about Nancy and ronnies love but the Fords Showed it just by being
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:01 PM
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61. I only wish my husband loved me that much
you can see it in their faces in every picture together

truly a love affair
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LostinVA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:32 PM
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44. He refused to ask her to keep her views quiet
Even though he was pretty much ordered to do so.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 02:59 PM
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20. she said she slept with her husband as often as possible
didn't realize that they were the first to share a bedroom in the whitehouse
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:09 PM
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26. Most normal couples share bedrooms
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 03:22 PM by malaise
that's really strange.

She won't last much longer - that's an irreplaceable loss.

Edit. add.
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:20 PM
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30. Almost a quarter of married couples slep separately.
According to a 2005 National Sleep Foundation survey, 23 percent of partnered adults frequently sleep solo because of their loved one's snoring, kicking or other sleep problem. That number doesn't include those who bed down apart because of mismatched schedules or desire for different room temperatures, or to let an exhausted spouse avoid a tyke's wake-up calls. And though a small number of couples who opt for separate beds do so to recapture a sense of romance, for most, there's one simple fantasy: some decent rest. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation survey of 1,506 adults, disruptive bedmates rob their partners, on average, of 49 minutes of shut-eye each night.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:23 PM
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31. That means the vast majority sleep together n/t
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:32 PM
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45. Not upper-class couples
Tour any Newport mansion, and you'll notice the husband and wife always have a separate bedroom and dressing room. That was true in the White House, though I remember the Carters pointedly moving in a big bed. Jack & Jackie Kennedy had separate rooms, though that doesn't mean they didn't sleep together.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:17 PM
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57. sadly you are probably right
her grief is immense
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 03:11 PM
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27. she was talking about her sex life in sleeping with gerry
but they were the first first couple to share one bedroom in the white house


said they told the world that Married people sleep together and they were not going to change just because they were in the WH
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mondo joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:20 PM
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41. I even felt badly for Nancy Reagan when she was widowed. I can certainly spare
sympathy for Betty Ford.
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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:34 PM
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46. Thank you greenbriar.
:thumbsup:
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:36 PM
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49. thank you
maybe this will get kicked and reced.

we are not horrible people like some other forums would like to believe and we have the ability to reach across the isle when we see good
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:35 PM
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47. I have a lot of sympathy with Betty Ford
and I think she might well have been a much better president than her husband!

I don't hate Ford, and I don't think he was the greatest. I think he was much better than Reagan, and much worse than Carter.

I always did like Betty.

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Crunchy Frog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:52 PM
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50. Betty was just about my favorite First Lady that I can think of.
I just think of how brave and classy it was for her to come out with two separate afflictions that were both taboo. She helped remove the stigma from both breast cancer and alcoholism.

I think it takes a really big woman in a position like that, to admit to her human frailties and weaknesses, instead of pretending to be some kind of larger than life superwoman. She just seems so honest and real, especially when compared with the Stepford wife that we've got in there now.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:58 PM
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55. so true she is the one that told the world about her husband's death too
so strong and so HUMAN/normal

no pretense and no flash


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NoSheep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:57 PM
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54. People have their own personal reasons for connecting with people.
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AnnieBW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:58 PM
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56. Jerry and Betty
Truly loved each other, and were a cute couple. Betty is a woman of unbelievable courage. My Aunt Millie had breast cancer about the same time that Betty Ford did, and took a lot of hope from the First Lady being open about it. Whatever you think of her husband, Betty is a class act.
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:45 PM
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58. yup
and she will be until her death
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kskiska Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:35 PM
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62. Jerry was Betty's second husband
Her first marriage, at age 24, ended in divorce five years later on the grounds of incompatibility.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/history/firstladies/ef38.html
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:42 PM
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63. wow, didn't know that
she is a great lady
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greenbriar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 06:56 PM
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64. I am watching Mrs. Ford and I don't think she will last much longer
she looks so heart broke

and looks like she is sick about having to sit by that pugnaicious cheney
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 06:58 PM
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65. That alone would kill me
Seriously widows who lose their husbands after all these years rarely survive much longer and they really loved each other which makes it harder.
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