Wednesday, December 27, 2006


Associated Press Reports:

The nation's 38th president, and the only one neither elected to the office nor the vice presidency, died at his desert home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

"His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country," his wife, Betty, said in a statement.

Ford was the longest living former president, surpassing Ronald Reagan, who died in June 2004, by more than a month.

Ford's office did not release the cause of death, which followed a year of medical problems. He was treated for pneumonia in January and had an angioplasty and pacemaker implant in August.

Funeral arrangements were to be announced Wednesday.

"President Ford was a great man who devoted the best years of his life in serving the United States,"President Bush said in a brief statement to the nation Wednesday morning. "He was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character."

Ford was an accidental president. A Michigan Republican elected to Congress 13 times before becoming the first appointed vice president in 1973 after Spiro Agnew left amid scandal, Ford was Nixon's hand-picked successor, a man of much political experience who had never run on a national ticket. He was as open and straightforward as Nixon was tightly controlled and conspiratorial.

Former President Carter described him Wednesday as "one of the most admirable public servants and human beings I have ever known."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sad now. Remember when they used to joke about Gerald Ford being dead on SNL?

9:53 AM  
Blogger Italian Stallion said...

Being the drunk that he was, i'm surprised he lasted this long. Being the drunk that I am, I can only pray to make it that long. Oh shit, that's right, I kind of don't pray.......

Fuck, I'm screwed........

Save me Jebus............

10:01 AM  
Blogger p0nk said...

i wouldn't call Ford the 'accidental' President. hand-picked yes, but i've always suspected it was deliberate. I think it's pretty pathetic that the only nice thing people can say about him is that he pardoned

5:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know that Gerald Ford is alive! It's true! Read about it at

9:10 PM  

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