Discussion in 'Politics & Law' started by Kazmarov, Dec 26, 2006.
I got no comment to say about him but condosclences to his family.
Gerald Ford holds the unique distinction of having never been elected to either of the highest offices in the land (vice-president and president), yet holding both of them. Ford was an excellent choice to replace Spiro Agnew, who had resigned the VP, because Dems and Repubs both respected him. At the time, Watergate was still going on, and it was turning out that the "third rate burglery" at the Watergate was just the tip of the iceberg re: Nixon and his dirty tricks. Nixon was sacrificing all the men who had been loyal to him in order to keep himself in office, but it was becoming clear that Nixon was involved up to his eyeballs. There is still a question about whether Nixon knew that Ford would pardon him before he resigned. Ford had hoped that a pardon would heal things, and that Nixon would be contrite. Neither happened. It cost Ford the election in 1976, and allowed Nixon to go on saying he was innocent of wrongdoing ("When the President does it, it's not illegal").
Ford was a good man at a time of turmoil. It's a shame he didn't let Nixon be tried for his crimes, found guilty, and then pardoned him.
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