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« on: December 26, 2006, 10:00:05 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2006, 09:13:35 AM »

Sad news.  Whatever the party, he came unexpectedly to a great office and did what he thought was right.

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« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2006, 10:33:45 PM »

This doesn't seem to have stirred up much emotion among our members from the U.S. of A. ... ???

Here's a link to the New York Times obituary:

http://www.nytimes.com/pages/obituaries/index.html

He was a Michigan man. R.I.P.

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« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2006, 10:54:11 PM »

Well... he did pardon Richard Nixon... just a thought....
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« Reply #4 on: December 27, 2006, 11:08:57 PM »

But our long national nightmare was over! ;)
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2006, 09:06:40 AM »

I wasn't happy about the pardon at the time but admittedlly I was at an age when I still didn't "...trust anyone over thirty."  :)

Those days are long gone and in retrospect I believe Ford was a very decent man with a good sense of humor. That's how I'll remember him.
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2006, 01:42:58 PM »

There's a nice story on the op-ed page of the New York Times today about a part of Ford's life I knew nothing about: World War II hero.

How Lieutenant Ford Saved His Ship

(The above link is a "Permalink," and I'd be curious to know if it can be accessed without registering with the Times.)
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2006, 06:31:38 PM »

There's a nice story on the op-ed page of the New York Times today about a part of Ford's life I knew nothing about: World War II hero.

How Lieutenant Ford Saved His Ship

(The above link is a "Permalink," and I'd be curious to know if it can be accessed without registering with the Times.)


It can.
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« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2006, 06:57:25 PM »

Thanks for the link, KC.  I'm pleased to have learnt about that part of his life.  And I was impressed enough that he had turned down a career in football to study law!
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« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2006, 07:42:16 PM »

He was also the only prez to serve as a park ranger (Yosemite).

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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2006, 08:06:37 PM »

He doesn't look to thrilled, Agent.  ;D
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« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2006, 02:17:08 AM »

I think it's because he had to fill in for the former park superintendent who resigned in disgrace over some scandal involving illegally wiretapping Smokey the Bear or something....
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« Reply #12 on: January 02, 2007, 05:22:16 PM »

Some moving and particularly inspiring eulogies at the funeral today.  I liked President Bush senior's description of him as "a Norman Rockwell painting come to life".  How nice that someone once so powerful should be celebrated for their integrity.

Good video of eulogies and the funeral at CNN.

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/01/02/ford.funeral/index.html
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2007, 11:49:13 PM »

One thing that impresses me, in retrospect, about Ford is his capacity for friendship. He became close friends with Jimmy Carter, the man who defeated him in his attempt to win the presidency in his own right, and now it develops that he also forged a friendship with Chevy Chase, who had regularly mocked him on Saturday Night Live during his presidency. Chase wrote about their relationship in an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times yesterday:

Mr. Ford Gets the Last Laugh

(The above link is a "permalink" and should be available even to those who aren't registered on the Times site.)

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« Reply #14 on: January 07, 2007, 07:08:08 AM »

the one thing i can tell you is over here he was seen as a capable and dignified statesman who helped bring a touch of class to the whitehouse after the nixon mess. he wouldn't be the first American presidient to spring to mind, but i've never really heard anyone bear ill will towards the man, that in itself is an acheivemnet for such a long life.

i'll always think of him with a grandpa-like quality, especially after he moved in accross the road from Homer in that wonderful Simpson episode.


RIP Former President Gerald Ford.
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