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Gerald Ford, 38th President of the United States, has died at 93.
- The Edsel of presidents.Posted by Habib on 2006 12 27 at 01:20 AM • permalink
- Gone to the 19th hole, R.I.P. President Gerry.Posted by surfmaster on 2006 12 27 at 01:26 AM • permalink
- He wasn’t the best of Presidents. But for damn sure, he wasn’t the worst. Not by a long shot.
RIP, Mr. Ford.Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 12 27 at 01:33 AM • permalink
- You’re right, Habib. Had it not been for his replacement, he would have been remembered (or forgotten) in a much worse light.Posted by AlburyShifton on 2006 12 27 at 01:34 AM • permalink
- Ford was an underrated President faced with a hostile Congress controlled by the Democratic Party. For example, Congress blocked his attempts to resupply South Vietnam with munitions so they could resist the well-supplied North Vietnamese Army. When you consider what came before, Johnson and Nixon, and what came after, Carter, he comes off looking pretty good.Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2006 12 27 at 01:35 AM • permalink
- sandwiched between the tragedy of the unnecessarily paranoid nixon and the comedy of the peanutfarming rube carter- ford wont be much more than a footnote in us presidential history- a shame- he deserved betterPosted by eeniemeenie on 2006 12 27 at 01:36 AM • permalink
- I thought it was nachos, and to watch football. Carter would have hectored him about disastrous foreign policy and the selfish greed of market capitalism, then eventually given him a half glass of lukewarm near beer and a pamphlet on the responsibility to resist for all comitted Christians.
Gerry wasn’t all that bad, really. At least the pratfals were a hoot.
We still have that blessed event to look forward to.
Never took you for a “the-glass-is-half-full” sort of guy, Grimmy!Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 12 27 at 01:58 AM • permalink
- From what I understand he was never considered as Presidential material and became VP because of the scandal involving Spiro Agnew. Cast into the role of POTUS following Dicky’s resignation was a big step up and all things considered he performed OK. A pardon for Nixon knocked a bit of the shine off.
Such a shame he lost to the peanut farmer.
- Damn! A decent and honorable man, that tried to bring a country together after Nixon.
Gerald Ford will never be remembered for all the good years of service in Congress to his nation and what he tried to do as President.
What on earth will the left winger, no talent Chevy Chase now do, his whole act and the reason he made money, was playing the buffoon everyone was made to believe (thank you American media) Gerald Ford was.
The world will get to see, Jimmy Carter showing his teeth on TV again. The man that holds similar views to our Cynthia McKinney. The difference being, Cynthia isn’t frightened of rabbits.
Rest in peace, President Ford.
- #20. In Australia the ex-PM’s run on the idea that the longer they have been out the better they were. All still feel the need to blather on endlessly.Posted by curious george on 2006 12 27 at 04:32 AM • permalink
- Nixon was a fairly good President, until Watergate. And Watergate was way overblown. Waterwater with proof of coverup.
Ford was a man of high integrity who did what he was assigned to do: move the country away from the Nixon Administration.
Carter was an unmitigated disaster on every important issue with the exception of the Sinai Peninsula. And even there I think there were problems.
Nixon was a President who make a big mistake. Ford was a President who healed the country from a mistake. Carter was just a mistake.Posted by wronwright on 2006 12 27 at 06:46 AM • permalink
- 93? I was told there would be no math…Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 12 27 at 06:51 AM • permalink
- RIP Mr Ford, a good and decent man who did his best for his country.
17 El Cid – Very well said.Posted by Simon Darkshade on 2006 12 27 at 07:10 AM • permalink
Decent people know when to shut up.
Welcome!Posted by Jim Treacher on 2006 12 27 at 09:39 AM • permalink
- RIP, President Ford. The only president to serve who was unelected to the office. He was a star football player at Michigan who was offered a contract to play professionally. He was also an avid snow skier.
The only reason he was labeled a bumbling pratfaller was due to the media’s incessant harping on a few slips and head bumps. A good man, he will be missed.Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 12 27 at 11:08 AM • permalink
- Don’t know if anyone would have done a better job under the circumstances(except for that stupid WIN button).
You can’t do one of those computer game models and determine what the country would have been like with two years of a press feeding frenzy with a Nixon trial. I lived through those times. My first day at Treasury was Nixon’s last day in office. He was probably that right man at the right time at the right place thing. Another time-no, but right then-probably yes. He paid the price as anyone who assumed office at that time would have(IMHO).
- Gerald Ford wielded his veto pen no less than 66 times during his short presidency. For that alone he deserves a shout-out and our eternal thanks.
Gerald Ford was a good, decent, dignified man. The Nixon pardon was the right thing to do (and don’t kid yourselves—President Gore would have pardoned Clinton—so would have President Bush). And he showed he was capable of superb judgement when he chose Betty Bloomer as his life’s partner (she remains my favorite First Lady).
RIP, President Ford. You deserve it. Condolences to the family.Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 12 27 at 02:31 PM • permalink
- Oh, and, Habib, my dad was part of the Edsel team. He maintained till the day he died that it was a model ahead of its time.Posted by Kyda Sylvester on 2006 12 27 at 02:34 PM • permalink
- After Nixon, he was my C-in-C during a very difficult time for the nation and for the Armed Services.
I liked him.
I also respect him as the first president to actually acheive something in the Middle East—i.e. his work with Sadat and Rabin and the Egytpo/Israeli cease fire.
This was the first step to a peace treaty between ancient (very ancient) enemies that stands to this day.
No one seems to remember what he did there.
Rest in Peace, Commander.Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 12 27 at 05:49 PM • permalink
- Dems gave us Carter who gave us Iran today and the Taliban 9/11. So why the questions about Ford pardon of Nixon?Posted by stackja1945 on 2006 12 27 at 09:36 PM • permalink
- Gerald Ford was also an extremely classy guy. Chevy Chase ridiculed him unmercifully on Saturday Night Live. What did Ford do? Became friends with him later in life.
Chevy Chase recalls Ford as ‘a terrific guy’Posted by David Crawford on 2006 12 28 at 01:45 AM • permalink
- “Carter was an unmitigated disaster on every important issue with the exception of the Sinai Peninsula. And even there I think there were problems.”
There’s a problem all right. The problem is is that thanks to that nitwit Carter we’re paying fat annual bribes to the Egyptians not to attack Israel, and guys like me would prefer that we didn’t.
That’s a big damned problem, IMO.
Ford was a pretty good guy, who didn’t really have enough time to be an especially good or bad president.
Dick Nixon was a better president and a better man than any Democrat that was ever spawned.Posted by Dave Surls on 2006 12 28 at 07:30 AM • permalink
- Well, there was one thing that I give Carter credit for(yup, that’s about it). He brought in Paul Volcker as Fed Chairman. Volcker stopped targeting interest rates. This probably cost Carter his Presidency in the subsequent election. This together with President Reagan’s tax policy put the focus on real growth in the economy, and away from both nanny state economic policy and tax shelter investment policy by the public.
- “Well, there was one thing that I give Carter credit for”
Yeah me too.
First Democrat president of the 20th century who didn’t get the United States involved in a major European/Asian war where tens of thousands of conscripted American kids didn’t get blown to hell fighting over crap that was basically none of our business.
Great work, peanut man. You’re a credit to your joke of a political party in that respect.Posted by Dave Surls on 2006 12 28 at 05:07 PM • permalink
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