U.S. Forest Service jumps on Betty White bandwagon
How much Betty White is too much of a good thing?
The octogenarian icon is everywhere these days: hosting "Saturday Night Live," co-starring in "Hot in Cleveland," appearing in the movie "You Again" and rolling around in a golf cart in that new commercial for California. Still not enough for you? The U.S. Forest Service just jumped onto the Betty bandwagon.
White, 88, came to Washington on Tuesday for the Mark Twain Prize honoring Tina Fey, so the Forest Service commandeered a side room at the Kennedy Center for a brief ceremony making her an honorary ranger. As a child, White camped in the High Sierras and Yellowstone with her parents and dreamed of being a ranger, but the service didn't accept women at the time. Eight decades later, the Forest Service realized that they need "Ranger Betty" more than she needs them.
Anyway, it was basically a slapdash PR stunt. (No forest? No trees? Hello?) But White threw herself into it endearingly -- wearing her ranger hat, clutching a stuffed Smokey Bear, grinning from ear to ear and looking thrilled to death. She announced, to hoots of approval, that she was wearing the Stetson hat with her formal gown at Fey's tribute. The ranger rank and file ate it up, clamoring for pictures and autographs.
Let's cut to the chase: How long can the Betty White Moment last? "I'm so grateful to still be working in this business that I love and still get honors like this," she told us. She turned to another fan, and her agent, Jeff Witjas, weighed in.
"It's never going to stop," he said. "It's never going to stop -- until she wants it to stop."
See CBS News video of Betty White's Forest Service ceremony
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| November 10, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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