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                           Remembering an American President
                           Gerald R. Ford: 38 th President of the United States
                           [By Charisse Dengler]
                           On December 26, 2006, flags all across the country began flying at half-staff, waving their sad salutes to President Gerald
                           R. Ford, who died in his California home this past Tuesday. Ford, who was the only president ever to hold office without
                           being elected, is often referred to as an “accidental” president. However, while his journey to the White House may have been
                           accidental, his actions during the 895 days he spent there were anything but.

A man of integrity, honesty, and fairness,         divorced, worked as a fashion consultant.            again in 2004 with pneumonia, after which
Ford took office in the wake of the Nixon          She would later become famous for voicing            he and Betty became somewhat private and
scandal, and his presence in the Oval Office       her opinion with boldness on touchy issues           were not seen as often.
brought sighs of relief from the American          such as premarital sex and the Equal Rights
people. Although he did cause quite a stir         Amendment. During their marriage, the                A man of truth and values, Ford may have
when he started off his term by pardoning          couple had four children together.                   been an unexpected leader, but he was
Nixon’s many crimes, he is remembered                                                                   definitely not an unappreciated one. In a
today as the man who forgave and forgot and        Ford went on to become a member of                   written statement made by President Bush
encouraged the nation to do the same. In           the House of Representatives, where he               on the day after Ford’s death, Bush praised
fact, his decision to pardon Nixon later won       remained for 24 years. In 973, when Spiro           Ford’s character and the many things he did
him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage         Agnew, who was Vice President at the                 for the country—both big and small—during
Award in 200.                                     time, resigned, Nixon nominated Ford for             his short time in the White House.
                                                   consideration. Both the Senate and the
Born Leslie Lynch King, Jr., in 93, Ford         House voted, and in December of the same             “With his quiet integrity, common sense, and
grew up in Omaha, NE. His parents, who             year, Ford became Vice President. However,           kind instincts, President Ford helped heal
divorced five months after his birth, were         he didn’t stay Vice President for long. In           our land and restore public confidence in
Leslie Lynch King, Sr., and Dorothy Ayer           August of 974, Nixon resigned, and Ford             the presidency,” Bush said. “The American
Gardner. Gardner later married Gerald              took his place as President of the United            people will always admire Gerald Ford’s
Rudolff Ford and decided to change her             States.                                              devotion to duty, his personal character, and
son’s name. She went on to have three sons                                                              the honorable conduct of his administration.”
with her second husband, and Ford grew             After two years in the Oval Office, Ford
up in Grand Rapids, MI, with his mother,           rallied his enthusiasm and ran against               It was Ford’s request to have a state
stepfather, and three half-brothers.               Jimmy Carter in the 976 presidential                funeral and to be buried on the site of his
                                                   election, something he was somewhat                  presidential museum in Grand Rapids, MI.
When Ford was of age to attend college, he         hesitant to do. He gave it his best shot, and
chose the University of Michigan, where he         he even won the first presidential debate of         ON THE NET
played center for the university’s football        the election, which was the first presidential
team. Upon graduation, he declined several         debate since 960. When the votes were               Gerald Ford Tributes
offers from professional football teams,           counted, he only received 240 electoral    
including the Detroit Lions and Green Bay          votes, and Carter won with 297. Carter’s win,        story/0,2985,20983465-663,00.html
Packers. Then he packed his bags and               however, did not prevent the two men from
headed off to Yale Law School.                     forging a friendship later in life; as recently      Former U.S. President Gerald Ford
                                                   as 200, Ford and Carter served together on          Remembered Around the World
Upon graduation from law school in 94,           the National Commission on Federal Election
Ford joined the military and served until          Reform.                                              story.html?id=fba5cb5f-2670-4b0b-adc-
946. Two years later, Ford married                                                                     95779ffb2c8&k=58666
Elizabeth Bloomer Warren, or Betty, as most        Ford, who began to experience health
know her. The ceremony was held at Grace           problems in 2000, suffered a series of small         Funeral Plans Set for President Ford
Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids. Warren,          strokes during the Republican National     
who had previously been married and                Convention of that year. He was hospitalized         politics/main2304278.shtml


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