THE FIRST LADY: There's No Gilded Cage for Betty

A year ago, political stargazers liked to predict that Jerry Ford would not run in '76, in large measure because his wife had just gone through a harrowing operation, and she didn't enjoy political life in the first place. They were quite wrong. Betty Ford today seems to be having the time of her life. She is outrunning every word-mincing candidate in public opinion polls. She acknowledges that other First Ladies have felt overwhelmed, trapped by the White House. "It could be considered a goldfish bowl or a gilded cage," she mused in...

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