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Former President Ford Is Dead

President FordVia The Huffington Post, comes this sad news.

Former President Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. has died at the age of 93.

The nation’s 38th president, and the only one elected to neither the office of president nor vice president, died at his desert home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Former President Carter described him Wednesday as “one of the most admirable public servants and human beings I have ever known.” Former
President Clinton said, “all Americans should be grateful for his life of service.” The first President Bush said “Ford was, simply put, one of the most decent and capable men I ever met.”

Ford was an accidental president. A Michigan Republican elected to Congress 13 times before becoming the first appointed vice president in 1973 after Spiro Agnew left amid scandal, Ford was Nixon’s hand-picked successor, a man of much political experience who had never run on a national ticket. He was as open and straightforward as Nixon was tightly controlled and conspiratorial.

Ford took office moments after Nixon resigned in disgrace over Watergate.

“My fellow Americans,” Ford said, “our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.”

A great statement, and one which I hope we can all think on in this time of national mourning.

The CNN story, The MSNBC story.

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