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Mr. President

Gerald R. Ford
Thirty-Eighth President, 1974–1977

“You know, the President of the United States is not a magician who can wave a wand or sign a paper that will instantly end a war, cure a recession, or make a bureaucracy disappear.”

Famous Firsts:
Extraordinary circumstances brought Gerald Ford to the presidency. Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon's vice-president, resigned in 1973 when he was accused of tax evasion. Nixon nominated Ford as his new vice-president, and the nomination was approved. Less than a year later, Nixon resigned from office and Ford became president. Though Ford was criticized for pardoning Nixon for his offenses, he restored a measure of honesty and dignity to the White House while facing a myriad of challenges in office: diminished confidence in the Presidency, inflation and a depressed economy, energy shortages, Middle East tensions, and uneasy relations between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Portrait by Everett R. Kinstler , 1987 . NPG.87.245 , Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery .

Fast Facts
Party: Republican
Date of Birth: Monday, July 14, 1913
Date of Death: Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Vice President: Nelson A. Rockefeller
First Lady: Betty Bloomer Warren Ford

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