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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Rosalynn Carter
First lady Michelle Obama and three former first ladies were among dignitaries heading to California to pay tribute to former first lady Betty Ford at a funeral focusing on her twin passions: politics and her world-famous Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and alcohol treatment.
First ladies, past and present, and others who called the White House home remembered Betty Ford at a funeral service Tuesday, not just for her decades-long work against substance abuse but for her contributions to a political era when friendship among lawmakers helped them govern.
Behind the scenes, she was also aggressive and effective, said Mrs. Roberts, who noted that Mrs. Ford's husband, former President Gerald R. Ford, confided privately that his wife badgered him relentlessly into stronger public support of equal rights for women.
"Millions of women are in her debt today, and she was never afraid to speak the truth even about the most sensitive subjects, including her own struggle with alcohol and painkillers," Mrs. Carter said. "She got some criticism, but I thought she was wonderful and her honesty gave to others every single day."