The Nation: Have a Helluva Good Time'

Betty Ford still refers to it as "the time when the roof caved in"—the time when an unassuming Middle American political family suddenly had to move from a modest four-bedroom suburban Virginia home into the mansion at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. "I really didn't want to come here," the First Lady told TIME Washington Correspondent Bonnie Angelo in the White House last week. "I was afraid because of the social demands, and I didn't think of it as a meaningful position for me." Adds her daughter Susan: "At first the idea of the presidency scared...

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