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Thursday, December 28, 2006

The Accidental President.


Gerald R. Ford



When Gerald R. Ford took the oath of office
on
August 9, 1974, he declared, "I assume
the Presidency under extraordinary
circumstances....
This is an hour of history that troubles our
minds and hurts our hearts."




I am not going to be so presumptuous as to try and write a history
lesson on the American Presidency, but I will make one comment,
if all the Presidents had been as good and decent as this
accidental President the world would probably be a better place to
live in today.



8 comments:

Lee said...

Well said, Peter. I agree. Ayn Rand who wrote "Atlas Shrugged", "The Fountainhead", amongst much other brilliant works was his financial adviser during his time in office. Alan Greenspan was a disciple of hers, too. I have been a huge fan of the philosophy and writings of Ayn (rhymes with 'mine') Rand for many years. She passed away a few years ago now.

Big Dave T said...

And let's not forget that former President Ford was a graduate of the University of Michigan where he played football. Go Blue!

Ford's presidential library is located on U of M's north campus here in Ann Arbor.

Steve G said...

You got that right.

Jack K. said...

Thanks for your comments, Peter. You are right on. Here's hoping we may have learned our lesson.

Hope springs eternal.

Val said...

Oh for such a decent, honest man in the White House now.

Hale McKay said...

Not to belittle the man, but don't forget he was a member of the Warren Commission - another name for "Cover-up, Inc."

Granny said...

No one is perfect and some decisions may not have been the best but I still maintain he was the right person at the right time.

He was the only Republican presidential candidate I've ever voted for (and I lost of course).

tom sheepandgoats said...

They say he lost re-election because he pardoned Nixon. Better to have closure and heal, he maintained.

He was right. What's the point of reducing a former President to parking lot attendant? Would that politicians today had the same mindset. Instead, once they get the upper hand, they investigate the opposing guy endlessly, and always along strict party lines. If it all resulted in better governance, then there might be a point to it. But...well....I guess we all know the score on that count, don't we?