Gerald R. Ford, the only President of the United States who served without being elected to the office, died December 27, 2006, at the age of 93. …
When Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned during Richard M. Nixon’s presidency, Nixon appointed Ford (with the approval of the U.S. Senate) to take his place.
When Nixon then resigned in the wake of the Watergate scandal, Ford ascended the presidency and proclaimed that, “Our long national nightmare is over.”
Ford gave Nixon a ‘blanket’ pardon for his dealings in the Watergate scandal – which also forgave anything else Nixon might have ever done.
The economy was a great concern during the Ford administration.
In response to rising inflation, Ford went before the American public on television in October, 1974 and asked them to “whip inflation now” (WIN); as part of this program, he urged people to wear “WIN” buttons.
However, many perceived this as simply a gimmick without offering any effective means of solving the problem.
See also here.
Would Ford have won the 1996 elections, if comedian Chevy Chase would not have parodied him?
Mediagirl’s view on Ford: here.
Tim Wheeler’s view: here.
Ford and Fidel Castro: here.
Ford and Suharto’s invasion of East Timor: here.
Ford vs. Bush on Iraq war (see also comments on this post) here.
Ford’s funeral: here.