President Gerald Ford passes away

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  1. cheko1

    cheko1 New Member

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    Going to go find a link.........ABC just announced it
     
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  3. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Just saw that.. wow. RIP .
     
  4. cheko1

    cheko1 New Member

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    Former President Gerald Ford Dies

    [​IMG] CBS News Interactive: About Gerald Ford

    (AP) LOS ANGELES Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America's history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

    Details on his death Tuesday were not immediately available.

    Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments -- including an angioplasty -- in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
     
  5. Maral

    Maral New Member

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    I always thought he was a good and decent man. Rest in peace, Mr. President.
     
  6. cheko1

    cheko1 New Member

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    Yes, may he rest in peace!
     
  7. JBean

    JBean Retired WS Administrator

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    Agreed Maral.

    ETA:My sister's dh served as his general counsel in the White House. My BIL is particularly saddened by this news.
     
  8. Vegas Bride

    Vegas Bride New Member

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    Anderson Cooper is covering this now on CNN

    VB
     
  9. Gidgette

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    While I am a Democrat - I too always liked President and Mrs. Ford. They seemed to have a good understanding of what "we the People" were all about. They didn't hide their faults such as Mrs. Ford's addiction and because of her the Betty Ford Center has become world renowned.

    RIP Mr. President.
     
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    Dark Knight New Member

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    RIP Mr. President and God Bless Mrs. Ford.

    U. of Michigan has lost 2 of it's finest this year. :(
     
  11. KrisNine

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    How sad :( He's the first president that I can really remember...
     
  12. IdahoMom

    IdahoMom Former Member

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    Rest in peace, President Ford. Thank you for your service to our country.

    Thank you to the entire Ford family for their transparency regarding Betty's alcoholism. Their willingness to share their experiences has helped untold numbers of alcoholics and their friends and loved ones.
     
  13. Sally

    Sally Former Member

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    Why are they calling him the only unelected president in history? What about the successors of assassinated presidents like Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson?
     
  14. Beyond Belief

    Beyond Belief New Member

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    He was one of the "good guys". RIP
     
  15. DEPUTYDAWG

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    Yes, what BB said...Seems to have been an honorable gentleman. Where are all the candidates like that today??? President Ford - rest in peace.
     
  16. Vegas Bride

    Vegas Bride New Member

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    The way I see it, they were elected vice-president where Gerald Ford was never elected as vice-president. The vice-president is chosen with the understanding that if something happened to the president then whoever is elected vice-president will succeed.

    VB
     
  17. MagicRose99

    MagicRose99 Watch out for my thorns!

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    According to CNN:
    http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/12/27/ford.obit/index.html

    <SNIP>
    "At 93, Ford was the nation's oldest surviving former president and the only president and vice president never to be elected to office."

    Following the link, Agnew, the original VP of Nixon resigned after a scandal and Ford was the Republican Leader of the House, so he was put in the VP slot.
     
  18. Sally

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    Thanks Magic Rose and Vegas Bride. That makes sense.
     
  19. 2sisters

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    He led a long and worthwhile life. My thoughts are with the Ford family.
     
  20. emmcee

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    He was a good and decent man. A shame we can't say that about many of today's leaders (both parties).

    I always felt sorry for President Ford because the media was really nasty and emphasized the couple of times that he stumbled (as if they are always perfect!). In reality he was one of our most physically fit and athletic presidents.

    Rest in Peace, Mr. President, and may his loved ones be comforted.
     
  21. panthera

    panthera Retired WS Staff

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    My thoughts and prayers for the Ford family to get through this difficult time, but they were very blessed that the former President had a long life with them. May he now rest in peace in Heaven....
    :)
     

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