On 26 December 2006, Gerald R. Ford, the nation's longest living president, died at age 93. Gerald Ford was an amazing and unique individual whose passing will hopefully serve as a reminder to all who seek high office that placing the public's interests first is a absolute duty. An "All American" in far more than the sports sense, President Ford served our nation with quiet courage and honor. He will forever be a personal hero. God's speed Mister President.
Remarks of President George W. Bush on the Death of Gerald Ford
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Transcript of remarks made by President Bush on the death of Gerald Ford. -- 27 December 2006
All of us are saddened by the news that former President Gerald R. Ford passed away last night. I spoke with Betty Ford. On behalf of all Americans, Laura and I extend to Mrs. Ford and all of President Ford's family our prayers and our condolences.
President Ford was a great man who devoted the best years of his life in serving the United States. He was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America's character. Before the world knew his name he served with distinction in the United States Navy and in the United States Congress. As a congressman from Michigan and then as vice president, he commanded the respect and earned the good will of all who had the privilege of knowing him. On Aug. 9, 1974, he stepped into the presidency without ever having sought the office. He assumed power in a period of great division and turmoil. For a nation that needed healing, and for an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when we need him most.
During his time in office, the American people came to know President Ford as a man of complete integrity who led our country with common sense and kind instincts. Americans will always admire Gerald Ford's unflinching performance of duty and the honorable conduct of his administration and the great rectitude of the man himself. We mourn the loss of such a leader. And our 38th president will always have a special place in our nation's memory. President Ford lived 93 years and his life was a blessing for America. And now this fine man will be taken to his rest by a family that will love him always and by a nation that will be grateful to him forever. May God bless Gerald Ford.
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Go to the page for Gerald R. Ford maintained by the
White House Historical Association.
Go to the page for the Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum. If you are planning to be in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area... don't miss the opportunity to stop into the museum for real. Beginning with the introductory film presentation summarizing President Ford's critical role in "restoring confidence" in the government following the resignation of President Nixon, the museum is an impressive exploration into man who stepped up to a very difficult challenge.
Read more about Gerald R. Ford at the
American Presidency site maintained by
Grolier's Encyclopedia Americana.
Listen to a portion of President Ford's 1976 State of the Union Address, in which the President reported to the nation that as America was entering its Bicentennial it was the "one peak that stands highest," a promise to the world. This clip brought to you by the Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University.
Read the Inaugural Addresses of each of our presidents by going to the site maintained by the Bartleby Library.