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December 27, 2006

President Ford, Requiescat in pace.

President Ford - the first (and hopefully only) President essentially appointed to the job, never having won a nationwide election for office. And taking over in some tough circumstances, too.

Gerald R. Ford being sworn in as U.S. president, August 9, 1974.

Another one of those sailor Presidents who went to war...

Lieutenant Gerald Ford, USS Monterey, 1944

His was a caretaker Presidency, with it's ups and downs, and is, of course, marked by two big issues.

His pardon of Nixon (which I am of mixed feelings about) and he gave us President Carter.

Of course, the plus side to that is... he set it up for Reagan.

One thing for sure, from my perspective - he was no worse a President than Carter, and was one hell of a lot better Former President.

Regardless of how you get it, the job of the Presidency of the United States has got to be soul-wearying, especially in circumstances like that, with what was going on in the US and the world at the time.

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

Comments on President Ford, Requiescat in pace.
Cricket briefed on December 28, 2006 04:15 PM

He was a good man. With all that he was faced with, and looking back now, if pardoning Richard M. Nixon was the 'worst thing' he ever did, no biggie.

RIP, Mr. President.

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