I was sorry to read of the death of Betty Ford. When I lived in the USA, while studying at the University of Pennsylvania, it was during the Ford presidency. (Indeed, President Ford was the speaker at my graduation ceremony.) I recall the occasion when Betty Ford had to be rushed into hospital with breast cancer. She overcame adversity (she became addicted to prescription drugs) and was one of the few First Ladies to have a lasting legacy of her own. She benefited from a remarkable husband who was dedicated and down to earth, with a splendid self-deprecating sense of humour. I remember him giving a speech in Philadelphia, stumbling through it (he was no orator) and stopping half-way through to declare: ‘I told Betty before I gave this speech that I knew it backwards – and that seems to be how I am delivering it’.
They were a dedicated couple who left the White House a better place for their work.