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Ford is a close friend of his successor, Jimmy Carter, despite the fact that Carter defeated him in the 1976 presidential election. Their friendship began in 1981, after both had left office, when they attended the funeral of Egypt's slain leader Anwar Al Sadat. Today, Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, visit President and Mrs. Ford's home frequently.
Originally posted by elitegamer23
im led to believe that mr ford was a 33 degree mason.
GERALD RUDOLPH FORD(1913- )
Thirty-eighth President (1974-1977)
Initiated: September 30, 1949, Malta Lodge No. 465, Grand Rapids, Michigan, along with his half-brothers Thomas Gardner Ford (1918-1995), Richard Addison Ford (1924-) and James Francis Ford (1927- ). The Fellowcraft and Master Mason Degrees were Conferred by Columbia Lodge No. 3, Washington, D.C., on April 20 and May 18, 1951, as a courtesy to Malta Lodge. Brother Ford was made a Sovereign Grand Inspector General, 33°, and Honorary Member, Supreme Council A.A.S.R. Northern Jurisdiction at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, on September 26, 1962, for which he served as Exemplar (Representative) for his Class. Brother and President Ford was unanimously elected an Active Member of the International Supreme Council, Order of DeMolay and its Honorary Grand Master, at its Annual Session held at Orlando, Florida, April 6-9, 1975; Brother Ford held this post until January 1977, at which time he became a Past Honorary Grand Master, receiving his Collar and Jewel on October 24, 1978 in Topeka, Kansas, from the Hon. Thomas C. Raum, Jr., Grand Master, Order of DeMolay.
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.
Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments -- including an angioplasty -- in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93. Ford had been living at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, California, about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
gerald ford, the sneaky president
the only one who was never elected
a vice president nominee who took over for a resigned president
not going to speak ill of him, at least he tried
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
ford was NOT elected as a vice president
nixon appointed ford after the resignation of his OTHER vice president
Originally posted by sweatmonicaIdo
I was really upset when I first learned of his death. Ford was always the "silent" president, the one who never made much noise but was so important nonetheless. His legacy will be, IMO, that he rescued America from the darkest depths and he gave us all another shot. In an article titled "Moral Leadership," Ron Nessen of the Washington Post said "Ford was a good president because he never wanted to be president." Contrevorsial as he was, Ford was just about as pure a leader and president as any could ever be. The image of him making his own breakfast? That was no act, that was purely and simply who he really was. Perhaps he was too pure; politicians all need some sort of an edge in order to succeed. That's why Ford was never reelected, he just didn't have that edge that is so synonymous with politicians.
America lost a hero. A hero in the truest sense of the word. When I was in ninth grade, my American History class assigned us to research a president and then conduct a report on him, asking why he should be elected president. I can't remember what exactly I said, but I know this, I am so damn proud that I did my assignment on Gerald R. Ford.
Rest easy sir. You've earned it.