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"A Great Moment" Transcript
David Hume Kennerly:

The day before they were going to leave office, January 19, 1977, we were walking around the west wing of the White House, Mrs. Ford and I, and she would poke her head into an office and say good bye to people and all that. And we walked by the cabinet room. And she looked into this male domain--you know, this giant surfboard table, portraits of former presidents on the wall, the chandeliers and all that. There was nobody around. And we walked in there and she--she looked at this table and said, "You know, I've always wanted to dance on the cabinet room table." And I said, "Well nothing is stopping you, you know." So she took her shoes off and hopped up, struck this pose. And she'd been a Martha Graham dancer, a very elegant woman--she really is--and she put her hands out and then hopped off and kind of brushed her hands and said, "I'm glad I did that".

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