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Betty Ford / Drug and Alcohol Problems / Gerald Ford Interview #498495

NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 24, 1978
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(Studio) Mrs. Betty Ford's entrance into hospital last week for treatment due to her drug and alcohol problems noted. Gerald Ford's comments on situation reported Interview shown. [FORD - says wife carried out duties in White House with no problem, but over last several mos. drug and alcohol problems have arisen and family decision was to help her get results in her best interest and that of family.] Interviewer Tom Brokaw asks Ford's feelings with regard to wife's candor on this subject. [FORD - was comfortable with it as long as Mrs. Ford was. Talks about problems of chemical dependence and notes that they, especially wife, believe she can be helpful to others in country if they will recognize problem.] Upcoming broadcast of entire interview with Brokaw and Ford to be seen on Tuesday morning's "Today" program.

Hart, John

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