Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Gerald Ford, 1913-2006

I heard the news of President Ford's passing last night when it first broke. Tried as I might to come up with a post worthy of Ford, I just couldn't do it. Ford's tenure in office was short in time and notable accomplishments. If anything, President Ford had to carry the responsibilities of the office without the trappings of the 'glory' of the office. And when you look at Ford's biography, perhaps that made him the right man in the right place at the right time. The nation had just exited a most tumultuous ten year period. Ford presided over the nation's exit from Vietnam and the end of the Watergate scandal, and in a way soothed the country through it. He made the right decision in pardoning Nixon, both for the country at the time and for posterity (can you imagine the precedent a Watergate trial would have created?). President Ford did a yeoman's work while in the Oval Office, and for that he will be remembered fondly. Rest in peace, President Ford.

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