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U.S. Forest Service jumps on Betty White bandwagon

By The Reliable Source

Betty White: actress, forest ranger. (AP/Cliff Owen)

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

By The Reliable Source  | November 10, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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I think this is great for Betty White. She seems to be a wonderful person and enjoying every minute of new found fame. I can still see her Password husband smiling at her. Keep it up and keep enjoying every minute, Ms.White. You Deserve It!

Posted by: egw7777 | November 10, 2010 8:00 AM | Report abuse

I think it is great that she continues to get honors and keeps doing such a great job when she appears on shows or hosts them. I hope she continues to do so. She is an icon and a symbol of what entertainment should be like instead of some of the trash that you see today. It is an honor to watch her and know the whole family can enjoy whatever she is doing. We need more entertainers like her--not the worthless ones we have now. I wish her only the best and hope she keeps it up for many years to come.

Posted by: nicholjo1 | November 10, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Some of our newly elected politicians should sit down and talk with Betty White about real world things. She has probably discarded more experience of value than these people bring to the table. And she is a plain talker who would tell it to them as it needs to be told.

Posted by: ronjeske | November 10, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Hmmm. I think Roberts and Argetsinger have approached this in an entirely wrong way. Why do they have to ask 'how much of Betty White is too much of a good thing'? What if we ask: 'How much of Roberts & Argetsinger is too much of a good thing?' I prefer to think and act as if the elderly deserve more respect, not less, especially those who have entertained us (or, say, contributed something to society).

Betty White deserves this moment, no matter how long it lasts and no matter how ubiquitous she becomes. I realize Roberts & Argetsinger needed a 'hook' for their flimsy product; but undermining the respect, attention, and appreciation that should naturally be accruing to people like Ms. White is not the way to go about it.

Posted by: Greenskin | November 10, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Betty White is the real deal! Knew her for years in Beverly Hills where she had a rolling lunch every Saturday with an ever changing cast of friends. "New found fame" ? Huh? Betty has had significant A-list fame since The Mary Tyler Moore Show and the Golden Girls has never stopped being the Golden Goose.
I just hope, as I suspect is true, that she is having a barrel of fun!

Posted by: SoCali | November 10, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to change the tag line on the front page. Betty White is now an honorary FOREST Ranger - not Park Ranger. "Park Ranger" implies that the National Park Service honored her.

Posted by: GroovisMaximus61 | November 10, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I recorded that Saturday Night Live show and have watched it a couple of times. Betty White is just incredible. When Roberts and Argetsinger are in their 80s they should be so lucky that people would run to their TVs and publications at the mere mention of their names. Did you see Betty as a librarian on The Middle? HA! Classic!

Posted by: PollyWog | November 10, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

It's great to see Ms. White achieve her childhood dream and become an honorary forest ranger. As a proud supporter of our wilderness and an inspiration for others to do the same, she really deserves this honor. She's an amazing woman who has accomplished so much in her life and we have a lot more to look forward to.

We could use a few more forest rangers like you, Betty White!

Marissa McCauley
The Wilderness Society

Posted by: MMarissa | November 10, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

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