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President Gerald Ford (1913-2006) [Dec. 27th, 2006|06:56 pm]
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And then, on the 26th, President Ford passed away.

This was a guy who bit the bullet, and he reaped what was sown. He was the last person alive from The Warren Commission, an oft-challenged report on the assassination of President John Kennedy. This guy had a lot of enemies. Two women, in a span of days, tried to assassinate him, and they failed. He was tough, and he tried to do what was right. In the end, his executive office would not fare well in the eyes of most. It's kind of rough to be the leader when the previous leaders did a fine job of screwing up the system.

I find the decision to pardon Nixon and provide conditional amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders to be the most difficult. The nation was split, much like it rests today. A pardon of Nixon was pushed by the one side. Amnesty to draft dodgers was pushed by the other side. Neither side was pleased when President Ford compromised. By that, I look upon him with little love, but I respect that effort to solve the situation. He didn't waffle, which is characteristic of many personalities in politics in any age.


He bit the bullet, and he reaped what was sown.


The country was not going to heal under his regime. He was stuck with a mess, and he did what he had to do. His successor, President Carter, a well respected man to this day, reaped the benefits of Ford's difficult work in wake of Nixon, and he thanked him in his opening statement on January 20th, 1977. Ford and Carter would later grow to be friends. To have a member of a rival party in one's confidence, such a result speaks of granted respect. In his later years, President Ford would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. These medals, while arbitrary in nature, reflect a more positive view of President Ford's actions in office.

May President Ford rest in peace.

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[User Picture]From: pierce
2006-12-28 12:17 am (UTC)
his election in 1976 was the first one which i clearly remember.
he almost won, even with the Nixon and Viet Nam baggage.
i don't think that he was in there long enough to really screw things up, just an odd blip on the American radar of the 1970's.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-28 12:19 am (UTC)
Yes. Chevy Chase loved lampooning him.

I bought my Heidi the first season of "Saturday Night Live." I fully expect to chuckle at the many golden skits over the next few weeks. I imagine that I'll find some of those Chase-Ford skits among the first season, if I'm not mistaken.

I think he almost won because he was able to work with both Republicans and Democrats. That got a lot of people to speak favorably about him that normally would not have, especially the Dems, had he not done the best he could with domestic diplomacy.
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[User Picture]From: pierce
2006-12-28 02:11 am (UTC)
Carter put his foot in his mouth right before the election too.
he said something in an interview about having 'lust in his heart' or something to that effect. for a southern baptist in 1976 this was racy stuff.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-28 02:21 am (UTC)
Hahahah yeah.

As a poll of ranked Prez guys, it's intriguing to know that Ford and Carter are tied at 27th.

As for Carter, he did much more after his Presidency than he could have accomplished while in office.

Lance Armstrong admitted on an Xmas Eve radio show I listened to . . . to the effect, he stated that he believed that he could get a lot more done outside of political office than within it.

I mention Lance because like him, Gerald was considered a fine athlete in his day.
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[User Picture]From: pierce
2006-12-28 05:56 am (UTC)
good lord. how can anyone on the planet have Washington in at #4!
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-28 06:21 am (UTC)
I gather this is part popularity contest.
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[User Picture]From: joethecabdriver
2006-12-28 12:57 am (UTC)
Nice piece.

I might have been a little hard on him, but the contrarian in me refuses to be quiet.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-28 01:06 am (UTC)
Of course you shouldn't be quiet! He pissed a lot of people off! :D

I imagine the next Prez will be much like Ford.

I don't think you were hard on him at all.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-28 01:14 am (UTC)
By the way . . . one of my most favorite Prez obits was Hunter Thompson's send-off of President Nixon.

This is a direct quote from Thompson's screed:

Richard Nixon is gone now and I am poorer for it. He was the real thing--a political monster straight out of Grendel and a very dangerous enemy. He could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time. He lied to his friends and betrayed the trust of his family. Not even Gerald Ford, the unhappy ex-president who pardoned Nixon and kept him out of prison, was immune to the evil fallout. Ford, who believes strongly in Heaven and Hell, has told more than one of his celebrity golf partners that I know I will go to hell, because I pardoned Richard Nixon."


I don't know of the level of truth to this statement, given Thompson's gonzo style, and the temptation to twist a clever joke that may have actually been uttered at some point by Ford into something that reads more serious than intended . . . but anyway, link to Thompson's obit of Nixon, just because the two will be forever horribly linked together.
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[User Picture]From: joethecabdriver
2006-12-28 01:22 am (UTC)
That is one of my all time favorite Hunter Thompson pieces. I think Hunter's slide towards oblivion started after Nixon died. Kind of like when a spouse dies. Thompson and Nixon will always be psychicly linked at the hip.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2006-12-28 01:27 am (UTC)
I agree. Thompson lost some of his fight when Nixon perished, but he regained more when President Current entered the scene.

Thompson, like James Brown, and everyone, lost power with age. It was the age that ultimately loosened his superb grip on the English language. I still did enjoy his sports pieces, Thompson's, far more than any sports writer I've read besides Mitch Albom. To me, even when Thompson was dead wrong, it was still rather entertaining.
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