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Gerald Ford, 1913-2006
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Gerald Ford, always the man...

“The more I think about the Ford Administration, the more it seems I remember nothing.”

—The final line of John Updike’s Memories of the Ford Administration (1992).

 

... behind the failure

The next few days’ deplorable show of contrived and affected eulogies notwithstanding, is there anything else to say about the most forgettable presidency of the twentieth century?

Reacting to Gerald Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon, The New York Times editorialized: "In giving former president Nixon an inappropriate and premature grant of clemency, President Ford has affronted the Constitution and the American system of justice. It is a profoundly unwise, divisive and unjust act." The long editorial appeared under the headline, "The Failure of Mr. Ford." Note the pointed, cleverly insulting Mr. See the full editorial here (pdf).

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