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Former First Ladies to appear at an event in Grand Rapids Monday

Lauren Gerson

Two former First Ladies will take part in a special event in Grand Rapids Monday.

Former First Ladies Barbara and Laura Bush are headlining the day-long symposium looking at the influence of First Ladies.

Elaine Didier is the Gerald R. Ford presidential museum director.   She says the Bushes have spoken at similar events at presidential museums in Texas.

“They are quite a dynamo,” says Didier, “The two have a great rapport. I mean it’s really is something……a mother-in-law / daughter-in-law first lady situation.”

Didier expects Barbara and Laura Bush will focus more on the personal aspects of their husbands’ presidencies than on the political.

The event not only examines the role of the first lady, but celebrates the 100th and 95th birthdays of the late former President Gerald Ford and first lady Betty Ford.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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