At her Palm Desert funeral the former first lady planned, Cokie Roberts speaks of the importance of bipartisanship, and Rosalynn Carter of how Ford fought fear, stigma and prejudice.
In life, Betty Ford was known for speaking her mind, even when the subjects — substance abuse, cancer, equal rights for women — made some people uncomfortable. So it continued in death, with a funeral scripted by the former first lady to make the most of her final bully pulpit.
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