Betty Ford would have been a better President than husband Gerald


Betty Ford would have been a better President than husband Gerald

Alcoholic, addicted to painkillers and outrageously outspoken – but the extraordinary Betty Ford would have been a better President than her husband

10:12 AM on 11th July 2011

Liberated woman: Betty Ford in 1985 at a charity awards ceremony in Los Angeles

Liberated woman: Betty Ford in 1985 at a charity awards ceremony in Los Angeles

Shattering White House precedents: Betty Ford who died at the venerable age of 93 having been a First Lady, a former model, dancer and saleswoman

Shattering White House precedents: Betty Ford who died at the venerable age of 93 having been a First Lady, a former model, dancer and saleswoman

Together: Betty Ford seen here in 1976 with her husband former President Gerald Ford

Together: Betty Ford seen here in 1976 with her husband former President Gerald Ford

Fresh faced: When she was Elizabeth Ann Bloomer, a picture of health and beauty at the age of 20 in 1938

Fresh faced: When she was Elizabeth Ann Bloomer, a picture of health and beauty at the age of 20 in 1938

Betty walks with Gerald in 1975 during his presidency First Lady Betty Ford waves from the lawn of the White House in 1975

Memories: Betty walks with Gerald in 1975 during his presidency, and right, the former First Lady Betty waves from the lawn of the White House in 1975

Powerful: President George Bush, left, walks with former Presidents Ronald Reagan , Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon in the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 1991

Powerful: President George Bush, left, walks with former Presidents Ronald Reagan , Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Richard Nixon in the courtyard of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in 1991

Always outspoken: Mrs Ford discusses the 20th anniversary of the Betty Ford Centre and her own addictions on the Larry King Live show in 2002

Always outspoken: Mrs Ford discusses the 20th anniversary of the Betty Ford Centre and her own addictions on the Larry King Live show in 2002

Passed away: Betty Ford bows her head at the casket of her husband, former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, as his remains lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol January 1, 2007

Passed away: Betty Ford bows her head at the casket of her husband, former U.S. President Gerald R. Ford, as his remains lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol January 1, 2007