WHITE HOUSE: On Being Normal

America's First Ladies have, with a few exceptions, made it their business to be ornamental and decorously vague in their public utterances. The quiet, rather private Betty Ford may seem an unlikely candidate to break that tradition, although she has in the past stated some very definite opinions. But last week, after a television interview, newspaper columnists, Baptist divines and Republican elders were earnestly debating Mrs. Ford's ideas about sex and morality.

Mrs. Ford talked with a level candor on CBS-TV's 60 Minutes. A strong advocate of equal rights for women, she...

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