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    **Breaking News: Former President Gerald Ford dead at 93**

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    Whoa!

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    Wow, is Chevy Chase dead? Surprising to see you start this thread FORD. I mean he was the only man in the past 200 plus years to become president without being elected.


    In all seriousness though, it is sad to see a living part of history leave ths earth. I remember the picture/video of all 4 or 5 living presidents together and thinking how amazing that was.
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    Former President Ford dies
    Former president was 93
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    Updated: 9:09 p.m. PT Dec 26, 2006

    LOS ANGELES - 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.

    “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,” Mrs. Ford said in a brief statement issued from her husband’s office in Rancho Mirage. “His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country.”

    The statement did not say where Ford died or list a cause of death. Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments — including an angioplasty — in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

    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, Calif., about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

    Ford was an accidental president, Nixon’s hand-picked successor, a man of much political experience who had never run on a national ticket. He was as open and straight-forward as Nixon was tightly controlled and conspiratorial.

    He took office minutes after Nixon flew off into exile and declared “our long national nightmare is over.” But he revived the debate a month later by granting Nixon a pardon for all crimes he committed as president. That single act, it was widely believed, cost Ford election to a term of his own in 1976, but it won praise in later years as a courageous act that allowed the nation to move on.

    The Vietnam War ended in defeat for the U.S. during his presidency with the fall of Saigon in April 1975. In a speech as the end neared, Ford said: “Today, America can regain the sense of pride that existed before Vietnam. But it cannot be achieved by refighting a war that is finished as far as America is concerned.” Evoking Abraham Lincoln, he said it was time to “look forward to an agenda for the future, to unify, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

    Ford also earned a place in the history books as the first unelected vice president, chosen by Nixon to replace Spiro Agnew who also was forced from office by scandal.

    He was in the White House only 895 days, but changed it more than it changed him.

    Even after two women tried separately to kill him, the presidency of Jerry Ford remained open and plain.

    Not imperial. Not reclusive. And, of greatest satisfaction to a nation numbed by Watergate, not dishonest.

    Even to millions of Americans who had voted two years earlier for Richard Nixon, the transition to Ford’s leadership was one of the most welcomed in the history of the democratic process — despite the fact that it occurred without an election.

    After the Watergate ordeal, Americans liked their new president — and first lady Betty, whose candor charmed the country.

    They liked her for speaking openly about problems of young people, including her own daughter; they admired her for not hiding that she had a mastectomy — in fact, her example caused thousands of women to seek breast examinations.

    And she remained one of the country’s most admired women even after the Fords left the White House when she was hospitalized in 1978 and admitted to having become addicted to drugs and alcohol she took for painful arthritis and a pinched nerve in her neck. Four years later she founded the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, a substance abuse facility next to Eisenhower Medical Center.

    Ford slowed down in recent years. He had been hospitalized in August 2000 when he suffered one or more small strokes while attending the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia.

    The following year, he joined former presidents Carter, Bush and Clinton at a memorial service in Washington three days after the Sept. 11 attacks. In June 2004, the four men and their wives joined again at a funeral service in Washington for former President Reagan. But in November 2004, Ford was unable to join the other former presidents at the dedication of the Clinton presidential library in Little Rock, Ark.

    In January, Ford was hospitalized with pneumonia for 12 days. He wasn’t seen in public until April 23, when President Bush was in town and paid a visit to the Ford home. Bush, Ford and Betty posed for photographers outside the residence before going inside for a private get-together.

    The intensely private couple declined reporter interview requests and were rarely seen outside their home in Rancho Mirage’s gated Thunderbird Estates, other than to attend worship services at the nearby St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Palm Desert.

    In a long congressional career in which he rose to be House Republican leader, Ford lit few fires. In the words of Congressional Quarterly, he “built a reputation for being solid, dependable and loyal — a man more comfortable carrying out the programs of others than in initiating things on his own.”

    When Agnew resigned in a bribery scandal in October 1973, Ford was one of four finalists to succeed him: Texan John Connally, New York’s Nelson Rockefeller and California’s Ronald Reagan.

    “Personal factors enter into such a decision,” Nixon recalled for a Ford biographer in 1991. I knew all of the final four personally and had great respect for each one of then, but I had known Jerry Ford longer and better than any of the rest.

    “We had served in Congress together. I had often campaigned for him in his district,” Nixon continued. But Ford had something the others didn’t, he would be easily confirmed by Congress, something that could not be said of Rockefeller, Reagan and Connally.

    So Ford it was. He became the first vice president appointed under the 25th amendment to the Constitution.

    On Aug. 9, 1974, after seeing Nixon off to exile, Ford assumed the office. The next morning, he still made his own breakfast and padded to the front door in his pajamas to get the newspaper.

    Said a ranking Democratic congressman: “Maybe he is a plodder, but right now the advantages of having a plodder in the presidency are enormous.”

    It was rare that Ford was ever as eloquent as he was for those dramatic moments of his swearing-in at the White House.

    “My fellow Americans,” he said, “our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule.”

    And, true to his reputation as unassuming Jerry, he added: “I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots. So I ask you to confirm me with your prayers.”

    For Ford, a full term was not to be. He survived an intraparty challenge from Ronald Reagan only to lose to Democrat Jimmy Carter in November. In the campaign, he ignored Carter’s record as governor of Georgia and concentrated on his own achievements as president.

    Carter won 297 electoral votes to his 240. After Reagan came back to defeat Carter in 1980, the two former presidents became collaborators, working together on joint projects.

    Even as president, Ford often talked with reporters several times a day. He averaged 200 outside speeches a year as House Republican leader, a pace he kept up as vice president and diminished, seemingly, only slightly as chief executive. He kept speaking after leaving the White House, generally for fees of $15,000 to $20,000.

    This breaking new story will be updated.
    © 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

    URL: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10949314/
    © 2006 MSNBC.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    Wow, is Chevy Chase dead? Surprising to see you start this thread FORD. I mean he was the only man in the past 200 plus years to become president without being elected.
    You and the mediawhores just keep repeating that to yourselves all you want. But that doesn't make it true. And I ain't just talking about Chimpy.
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    I turned on Seinfeld, only to find this as breaking news...

    RIP Gerald Ford
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    R.I.P. President Ford.

    I still remember the bizarre assassination attempts by Charles Manson girls. Some really weird times in American history.
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    Another sad loss. He was our oldest living president. Guess that leaves George H.W. Bush? Man whatta sad day. First James Brown, now Gerald Ford. Very sad. Thanks for the news tho FORD. I bypassed my regular news page in my haste to get to this place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smithjc View Post
    Another sad loss. He was our oldest living president. Guess that leaves George H.W. Bush? Man whatta sad day. First James Brown, now Gerald Ford. Very sad. Thanks for the news tho FORD. I bypassed my regular news page in my haste to get to this place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onefootoutthedoor View Post
    So who is older, Carter or GHWB?
    Both are 82. Though I'm guessing that Carter has lived a healthier life than Poppy, so I give him the edge of sticking around a little longer.
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    Interesting to know. So technically it'd come down to the month of birth then if they're the same age. Hmm............

    Thanks FORD.

    btw - given George Dubya's hijinks in office, I'm sure he's giving his pop a bit more stress than a guy his age should have. It's so unfair that a guy as old as the Prez still has both parents alive and well. It's not fair!
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    BTW, Bush Sr is almost five months older than Carter.
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    RIP Mr President.
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    R.I.P.
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