December 27, 2006

RIP Gerald Ford

The former President has died at 93:

Former President Gerald Ford, who became president in 1974 after the resignation of Richard Nixon, died Tuesday at age 93.

Ford, the oldest surviving former U.S. president, died Tuesday, his wife, Betty Ford said. The former first lady's statement did not say where he died or give a cause of death.

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age," she said in a statement from Ford's office in Rancho Mirage. "His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."

The nation's 38th president spent several days in the fall of 2006 at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage for medical tests. At the time of his release, on October 16, his chief of staff, Penny Circle, said he would "resume normal activities."

In August, he was discharged from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, after undergoing an angioplasty procedure to reduce or eliminate blockages in his coronary arteries. Doctors also implanted a pacemaker to improve his heart performance.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, Michael, Jack and Steven; and a daughter, Susan.

President Ford was the only President to ever hold the office never having been elected President or Vice President, being elevated in the wake of resignations in the Nixon administration following the Watergate scandal.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at December 27, 2006 01:50 AM | TrackBack

One reason for me and the Nation to hold President Gerald Ford is such high regard is his unfailing humanity and goodness as a human being.

Gerald Ford NEVER made disparaging comments about any presidents who had preceded him, nor did he condemn any who followed his presidency.

As far as respect and human kindness, two former presidents come to mind who do not have the right to even carry Gerald Ford's briefcase - even though he would probably be the sort of person who would carry his own briefcase anyway.

I need not mention them by name. We all know who they are .....

Rest in peace, Mr. President. Rest in peace.

Posted by: Retired Spy at December 27, 2006 11:12 AM