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President Ford was the only un-elected Vice President and the only un-elected 38th President of the United States. He died tonight. Ford's tenure lasted 865 days but it laid the groundwork to modern day America. He was the only other President I met. I met him at the Capitol Hill Club in DC in 1995. Ford was a gentleman.
The 1970's were a period of time when the American Foreign policy and American Dream seemed to ebb. President Ford came after the Democrats in Congress received the scalps of Nixon and Agnew. If Ford was not appointed by Congress, would the Democrats offer a Democrat for the Presidency? It is only due to the maturity of Speaker Carl Albert that this question need never be asked.
Ford's staff included Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Cheney. One was a former House member, and one was a future House member. Ford's presidency can be seen today in the War on Terror.
President Ford was provincial when it came to the House of Representatives. Ford brought calm during the whirlpools of the 70's. Godspeed President Ford.