Thursday, December 28, 2006

Gerald Ford - 38th U.S. President: 1913 - 2006

Naturally, the Washington Post is all over the Gerald Ford Story.

The most interesting article features a lengthy 2004 interview with President Ford. Ford disagreed with the decision to invade Iraq and agreed with Colin Powell's assertion that Dick Cheney (Ford's former Chief of Staff) had developed a "fever" about terrorism and Iraq.

Next, George Will writes that Ford did a fine job, first replacing "disgraced Vice President Spiro Agnew," and then helping to healthe wounds of Watergate and Vietnam. (It makes me wonder if future generations will refer to any of the Bush Administration as "disgraced.")

David Broder discusses Ford's legacy of level-headedness, recounting Ford's visit to The Washington Post after the Watergate Scandal. Addressing the reporters and editors, the President said, "I want you to know I am someone who enjoys having adversaries who are not enemies."

Finally, Slate analyzes "the cult of Gerald Ford." While Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy have cultish devotees nationwide, Ford maintains a loyal following only in DC. His fans highly value his bipartisanship. Author Timothy Noah writes, "Comity and bipartisanship are easy to overrate, and Permanent Washington can always be counted on to overrate them. At the moment, though, it does seem we could use a bit more."


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