10/16/2013 09:55 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Betty Ford Danced On The White House Cabinet Table, Was A Total Badass

On Betty Ford's last full day as First Lady, Jan. 19, 1977, she got up on the cabinet table and danced.

Luckily for all of us, the moment was captured by photographer David Hume Kennerly. Kennerly wrote about about the experience of shooting Ford for the New York Times in 2011 and how the former first lady told him that she had "always wanted" to dance on that very table. According to Kennerly:

The first lady removed her shoes, bounced up on a chair, then gracefully leaped onto the middle of the oblong table. She deftly dodged the meticulously placed ashtrays and notepads. The Martha Graham dancer inside her unfolded. Mrs. Ford stood dead center beneath the chandeliers, one hand on her hip, the other extended forward. It was a real ta-da! moment. I fired off a few frames. As quickly as she had gone up, she came down, put on her shoes, brushed her hands together and said, “I think that about does it.”

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