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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

In Memoriam: President Gerald R. Ford

The Honorable Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.
38th President of the United States

1913-2006

Since I was a young boy, I have loved studying the various men who have occupied the Oval Office. Among those men, one in particular stood out to me as a good man and a role model - his name was Gerald Ford. After the scandals of the Nixon administration, Ford reminded the nation of what a president should be. So, while I may be ideologically closer to his 1976 primary opponent Ronald Reagan, I will always think of Ford as a true statesman and a great man.

It is also worth noting that several of the men who now lead the Republican party owe much of their success to Gerald Ford. Donald Rumsfeld served as White House Chief of Staff, and later as Ford's Secretary of Defense. When Rumsfeld was promoted, his position as Chief of Staff was filled by a man named Dick Cheney. Ford also made George H.W. Bush his envoy to Communist China and then appointed him as Director of the C.I.A. Both of these appointments were key stepping stones on Bush's road to the White House. So, while Reagan is now considered the ideological patriarch of the modern Republican Party, it was Ford who selected the men who would lead the party into the 21st Century.

You can say what you want about Ford's policies or the fact that he was an unelected president, but it is hard to dispute that he was a great man. He led the country through a very trying time in its history, and he single-handedly restored the people's trust in the Presidency.

America has lost a great leader, and every patriotic American should be forever thankful for the life of Gerald Ford.

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5 Comments:

At Thu Dec 28, 12:51:00 AM MST, Blogger JB said...

I think Ford proved the existence of a dangerous loophole in the Constitution which desperately needs to be addressed (why, I ask, is there a Senatorial confirmation process for judges but not a new vice-president?). That aside, however, I think I would have voted for him given the chance. Truly a leader to mourn.

 
At Thu Dec 28, 10:20:00 AM MST, Blogger ElephantMan said...

Actually, new vice presidents must be confirmed by BOTH the Senate and the House.

 
At Thu Dec 28, 10:32:00 AM MST, Blogger ElephantMan said...

25th Amendment, Section 2: "Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress."

For the record, Ford was confirmed by the Senate by a vote of 92-3 and in the House by a vote of 387-35. (Thanks to Wikipedia for all that info) In fact, Nixon chose Ford because his first choices would not have been confirmed by the Dem-controlled Congress.

 
At Thu Dec 28, 03:05:00 PM MST, Blogger JB said...

Okay, so I stand corrected. I wonder why nobody ever talks about any of that? Maybe because the media likes so much to portray Ford as "the unelected president".

 
At Thu Dec 28, 04:01:00 PM MST, Blogger Boot said...

I was greatly impressed by the man. As an adult, I lived through the assassination of Kennedy, the morass that was Vietnam, and the sorry state of politics (and ethics) that characterised the Nixon years. Ford was an unexpected light offering a saner, wiser, more tolerant America - but a light always in danger of being snuffed out. He had my respect - even if he was a bit too trusting of his fellow politicians. May he rest in peace.

 

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