Goodbye to Our Friend:
Gerald R. Ford, 1913-2007
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."
It was indeed an unprecedented time. He had been the first Vice
President chosen under the terms of the Twenty-fifth Amendment and, in the
aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President
ever to resign. He was confronted with almost insuperable tasks. There
were the challenges of mastering inflation, reviving a depressed economy,
solving chronic energy shortages, and trying to ensure world peace.
President Ford acted to curb the trend toward Government intervention
and spending as a means of solving the problems of American society and
the economy. In the long run, he believed, this shift would bring a better
life for all Americans.
Ford's reputation for integrity and openness had made him popular
during his 25 years in Congress and these qualities were carried over into
his presidency. These are the qualities that we honor at the Founding
Values Awards ceremonies.
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Casket off of Air Force One
Fed Ex and U of M Bank
Ford leaving Air Force One for the last time
Pall Bearers and Casket