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[103] The thawing relationship brought about by Nixon's visit to China was reinforced by Ford's own visit in December 1975. I worry about the party going down this ultra-conservative line. Nevertheless, they felt the need to respond forcefully to discourage further provocations by other Communist countries in Asia. [33] Ford agreed to the nomination, telling his wife that the Vice Presidency would be "a nice conclusion" to his career. On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon. Gerald Ford became president of the United States after the Watergate scandal forced Richard Nixon from office in 1974. During the spring of 1944, the Monterey supported landings at Kwajalein and Eniwetok and participated in carrier strikes in the Marianas, Western Carolines, and northern New Guinea, as well as in the Battle of the Philippine Sea. After the service, Ford was interred at his Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. [152], He continued to make appearances at events of historical and ceremonial significance to the nation, such as presidential inaugurals and memorial services. South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu was not involved in the final negotiations, and publicly criticized the proposed agreement. He accepted and so, on December 6, 1973, Gerald Ford became Vice President of the United States without being elected to the office. [69][70], In the months following the pardon, Ford often declined to mention President Nixon by name, referring to him in public as "my predecessor" or "the former president." [205], The trust the American public had in him was rapidly and severely tarnished by his pardon of Nixon. [100] Ford came under criticism for a 60 Minutes interview his wife Betty gave in 1975, in which she stated that Roe v. Wade was a "great, great decision". "Eisenhower Fellowship: A History 1953–2003". In May 1975, shortly after the fall of Saigon and the Khmer Rouge conquest of Cambodia, Cambodians seized the American merchant ship Mayaguez in international waters. This latest action by the president is cowardly. Perrone, Marguerite. The following year, Ford became House Minority Leader. Ford considered a run for the Republican nomination in 1980, forgoing numerous opportunities to serve on corporate boards to keep his options open for a rematch with Carter. After the confirmation vote in the House, Ford took the oath of office as Vice President of the United States. A longtime Republican congressman from Michigan, Ford had been appointed vice president less than a year earlier by President Nixon. He served in this capacity for 25 years, the final nine of them as the House Minority Leader. [33] On October 17, 1974, Ford testified before Congress on the pardon. [68] Regardless, historians believe the controversy was one of the major reasons Ford lost the 1976 presidential election, an observation with which Ford agreed. [23], Ford hoped to attend Yale Law School beginning in 1935. Gardner separated from King just sixteen days after her son's birth. [130] Then, in August 1976, North Korean forces killed two U.S. officers and injured South Korean guards who were engaged in trimming a tree in Panmunjom's Joint Security Area. Ford’s decision generated a swirl of controversy. The President: A Minute-By-Minute Account of a Week in the Life of Gerald Ford. [190][191] In January 2006, he spent 11 days at the Eisenhower Medical Center near his residence at Rancho Mirage, California, for treatment of pneumonia. ... let us restore the golden rule to our political process, and let brotherly love purge our hearts of suspicion and hate.[61]. Ford died on December 26, 2006, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, at the age of 93. "use strict";(function(){var insertion=document.getElementById("citation-access-date");var date=new Date().toLocaleDateString(undefined,{month:"long",day:"numeric",year:"numeric"});insertion.parentElement.replaceChild(document.createTextNode(date),insertion)})(); FACT CHECK: We strive for accuracy and fairness. Ford began his political career in 1949 as the U.S. representative from Michigan's 5th congressional district. He was 93. Ford reportedly threatened to quit the team in response to the university's decision, but he eventually agreed to play against Georgia Tech when Ward personally asked him to play. He turned down offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. [116], 1,373 U.S. citizens and 5,595 Vietnamese and third country nationals were evacuated from the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon during Operation Frequent Wind. Ford was a member of several civic organizations, including the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), American Legion, AMVETS, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Sons of the Revolution,[208] and Veterans of Foreign Wars. [117], As North Vietnamese forces advanced, Ford requested Congress approve a $722 million aid package for South Vietnam, funds that had been promised by the Nixon administration. And he said, 'I'm just warning you that you've got to be prepared, that things might change dramatically and you could become President.' Gerald R. Ford was thrust into the presidency in 1974 in the wake of the Watergate scandal, but lost his own bid for election after pardoning President Richard M. Nixon. [2] As Ford expected, Turkish relations were considerably disrupted until 1978. Gerald Ford. 6400, THE 1965 VOTING RIGHTS ACT", Celebrating the life of President Gerald R. Ford on what would have been his 96th birthday, "Gerald R. 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Ford's Statement on Signing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975", "U.S. jobless rate up to 9.2% in May, highest since '41", "Office of Management and Budget. Ford was not aware of his biological father until he was 17, when his parents told him about the circumstances of his birth. [22], While attending Yale Law School, Ford joined a group of students led by R. Douglas Stuart Jr., and signed a petition to enforce the 1939 Neutrality Act. [150], The Nixon pardon controversy eventually subsided. When, on a 1974 trip to California, White House correspondent Fred Barnes pressed Ford on the matter, Ford replied in a surprisingly frank manner: "I just can't bring myself to do it. In Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s, historian Yanek Mieczkowski reexamines Ford's two and a half years in office, showing that his presidency successfully confronted the most vexing crises of the postwar era. Ford studied at public primary and secondary schools. [163] On October 8, 1980, Ford said former President Nixon's involvement in the general election potentially could negatively impact the Reagan campaign: "I think it would have been much more helpful if Mr. Nixon had stayed in the background during this campaign. The Washington, D.C. fireworks display on the Fourth of July was presided over by the President and televised nationally. Gerald Ford . [142], Ford reluctantly agreed to run for office in 1976, but first he had to counter a challenge for the Republican party nomination. It was a tenure largely notable for its modesty. [43], Ford was nominated to take Agnew's position on October 12, the first time the vice-presidential vacancy provision of the 25th Amendment had been implemented. On May 21, Ford "experienced a real shock" when seventy-six U.S. senators wrote him a letter urging him to be "responsive" to Israel's request for $2.59 billion (equivalent to $12.31 billion in 2019) in military and economic aid. [78], Ford selected George H. W. Bush as Chief of the US Liaison Office to the People's Republic of China in 1974, and then Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in late 1975. The public only found out how good after four years of Jimmy Carter. On paper, no. By most, Gerald Ford was a good president during the short time that he was in office. Here, the people rule. Gawthorpe, A. J. In addition, he coached all nine sports that were offered, but mostly swimming, boxing, and football. Naval Reserve, serving from 1942 to 1946; he left as a lieutenant commander. Two years later his parents divorced, and his mother moved with him back to her hometown, Grand Rapids, Mich., where she met and married a businessman named Gerald R. Ford. [202], The State of Michigan commissioned and submitted a statue of Ford to the National Statuary Hall Collection, replacing Zachariah Chandler. Collaborate for free with online versions of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. But Ford insisted that the nation’s future hinged on ending the ordeal of Watergate and beginning the process of healing. That year his biological father, whom Ford described as a "carefree, well-to-do man who didn't really give a damn about the hopes and dreams of his firstborn son", approached Ford while he was waiting tables in a Grand Rapids restaurant. After a closely contested election, Ford was chosen to replace Charles Halleck of Indiana as Minority Leader. After rejecting these terms, Reagan offered the vice-presidential nomination instead to George H. W. The agreement guaranteed the territorial integrity of Vietnam and, like the Geneva Conference of 1954, called for national elections in the North and South. He was a gridiron star who won college football national championships in 1932 and 1933 with the University of Michigan, and was also an expert downhill skier. [94][95], Ford was confronted with a potential swine flu pandemic. Here the people rule. From the end of April 1945 to January 1946, he was on the staff of the Naval Reserve Training Command, Naval Air Station, Glenview, Illinois, at the rank of lieutenant commander. But there is a higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only righteousness but love, not only justice, but mercy. [147], Televised presidential debates were reintroduced for the first time since the 1960 election. General Trần Văn Trà sought to gauge any South Vietnamese or American response to the invasion, as well as to solve logistical issues, before proceeding with the invasion. The changes included removal of an entire 86-page section on CIA assassination plots and numerous edits to the report by then-deputy White House Chief of Staff Richard Cheney.[109]. It was unveiled on May 3, 2011, in the Capitol Rotunda. Gerald Ford served as president of the United States from August 9, 1974 to January 20, 1977. 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