Condolences began pouring in soon after news broke about the death of Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California. Here are some of those comments:
PRESIDENT BARACKÂ OBAMA
Throughout her long and active life, Elizabeth Anne Ford distinguished herself through her courage and compassion. As our nationâ€™s First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for womenâ€™s health and womenâ€™s rights.Â After leaving the White House, Mrs. Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment. While her death is a cause for sadness, we know that organizations such as the Betty Ford Center will honor her legacy by giving countless Americans a new lease on life.
Today, we take comfort in the knowledge that Betty and her husband, former President Gerald Ford, are together once more. Michelle and I send our thoughts and prayers to their children, Michael, John, Steven, and Susan.
FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH
Laura and I are deeply saddened by the passing of Betty Ford.Â We admired her as a First Lady and valued her as a friend.Â She made countless contributions to our country, and we especially appreciate her courage in calling attention to breast cancer and substance abuse.Â Because of her leadership, many lives were saved.Â Tonight our prayers go out to Mrs. Ford's entire family.
I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Fordâ€™s death.Â She has been an inspiration to so many through her efforts to educate women about breast cancer and her wonderful work at the Betty Ford Center. She was Jerry Fordâ€™s strength through some very difficult days in our countryâ€™s history, and I admired her courage in facing and sharing her personal struggles with all of us.
My love and deepest sympathy go out to the entire Ford family at this very sad time.
FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE H.W. BUSH
Barbara and I loved Betty Ford very much. She was a wonderful wife and mother; a great friend; and a courageous First Lady. Â Â No one confronted lifeâ€™s struggles with more fortitude or honesty, and as a result, we all learned from the challenges she faced. Â The Betty Ford Center, which already has helped change the lives of thousands of people, will be her lasting legacy of care and concern. Â We were proud to know her. Â We were proud to call her a friend. Â We will miss her very much.
FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER AND HIS WIFE, ROSALYNN
Rosalynn and I are saddened by the passing of Betty Ford, a close personal friend and our frequent partner in bipartisan efforts to improve mental health and substance abuse care in our nation. She was a remarkable political spouse, whose courageous candor helped forge a new era of openness after the divisiveness of the Vietnam War and Watergate. Also, as a tireless advocate for womenâ€™s rights and social justice, she helped to improve the lives and opportunities of countless women and children.Â We extend our deepest sympathy to her family at this difficult time.
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