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Betty Ford, Lioness

NRO noted the death of former first lady — and jealously protective wife —  Betty Ford yesterday. I found a funny story about the Fords while researching my book, Intellectuals and the American Presidency. When the attractive Mexican-American singer Vikki Carr visited the Ford White House, she asked the president, “What is your favorite Mexican dish?” Ford, who infamously did not even know how to eat a tamale, told Carr, “You are.” Mrs. Ford heard the exchange, and according to former White House military aide Stephen Bauer, said, “That woman will never get into the White House again.” I couldn’t quite fit the story in the text of my book, but I did manage to put it in the footnotes.

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian and former White House aide. His latest book is Fight House: Rivalries in the White House from Truman to Trump.

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