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Obituaries President Gerald Ford 2006

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#1 Vapor Trails

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:59 AM

CNN has just reported the death of President Gerald Ford.

Godspeed, Mr. President. :(
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 01:01 AM

http://news.yahoo.co...re_us/obit_ford

R.I.P.  Mr. President. :down:
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 02:06 AM

:(  How sad.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 02:30 AM

Things like this always happen in 3's.  Bobby Brown died yesterday IIRC, President Ford died today.  Who's the third one?  Either some one died earlier this or last week, or one will pass away later in the near future.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:21 AM

^That would be "James" Brown. I don't think Bobby has died yet.

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:54 AM

I'm sad he's gone, but he certainly lived a long and good life.

He was probably the most likeable president ever.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:17 AM

:cry:

And he wasn't exactly voted in...

Of all the Repubs of the 20th Century he's actually my fave.

I found this on Wikipedia:

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I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it. Those who nominated and confirmed me as Vice President were my friends and are my friends. They were of both parties, elected by all the people and acting under the Constitution in their name. It is only fitting then that I should pledge to them and to you that I will be the President of all the people.
—Gerald R. Ford, August 9, 1974

I think that pretty much sums up the kind of guy he was, at least publicly.

Here's to a great American. :beer:
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 11:20 AM

View PostSpidey, on Dec 27 2006, 02:30 AM, said:

Things like this always happen in 3's.  Bobby Brown died yesterday IIRC, President Ford died today.  Who's the third one?  Either some one died earlier this or last week, or one will pass away later in the near future.



James Brown, not Bobby, much to Whitney's dismay.



Gerald R. Ford, who might have been elected, had he not pardoned Nixon. One of the very few presidents who was acknoledged in the next presidents first speach. Carter complimented him for helping the nation to heal afterthe Nixon feasco.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:06 PM

View PostHibblette, on Dec 27 2006, 10:17 AM, said:

:cry:

And he wasn't exactly voted in...

Of all the Repubs of the 20th Century he's actually my fave.

I found this on Wikipedia:

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I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it. Those who nominated and confirmed me as Vice President were my friends and are my friends. They were of both parties, elected by all the people and acting under the Constitution in their name. It is only fitting then that I should pledge to them and to you that I will be the President of all the people.
—Gerald R. Ford, August 9, 1974

I think that pretty much sums up the kind of guy he was, at least publicly.

Here's to a great American. :beer:

Mark: What a great quote from President Ford, Hibblette!
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:14 PM

He was a good, decent man in a time and a job where they are few and far between. He wasn't a great president, but he did his best in a job he never expected to have. You can't ask more than that of any man.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:29 PM

View PostRhea, on Dec 27 2006, 11:14 AM, said:

He was a good, decent man in a time and a job where they are few and far between. He wasn't a great president, but he did his best in a job he never expected to have. You can't ask more than that of any man.

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I don't know about that Rhea...I think a man doing his best in a job he never expected to have makes him a pretty great President.
What does make a President a great one, if not for doing his best?
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:46 PM

I was in tech school when he became my Commander-in-Chief.  I have great respect for him, and know him to have been a good man in private as well as in his public life.  I see that he will lie in repose at St Margaret's Episcopal Church here, so I might just go pay my respects.  

Rest in Peace, sir, and my condolences to your loving family.  

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Posted 27 December 2006 - 06:07 PM

A good man.  He will be missed.  :(
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 04:58 PM

Interesting story on Ford's views about the Iraq War, Cheney, Kissinger, etc. by Bob Woodward in the Washington Post.

Here's a Reuters synopsis:

http://news.yahoo.co...rd_interview_dc
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 05:01 PM

And here's a link to Woodward's story in the Washington Post:

http://www.washingto...6122701558.html
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 06:03 PM

I didn't know 'til my Auntie told me on the phone earlier today.

My mom and I actually met Ford many years ago.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:48 PM

View PostMark, on Dec 27 2006, 09:29 AM, said:

View PostRhea, on Dec 27 2006, 11:14 AM, said:

He was a good, decent man in a time and a job where they are few and far between. He wasn't a great president, but he did his best in a job he never expected to have. You can't ask more than that of any man.

Mark:
I don't know about that Rhea...I think a man doing his best in a job he never expected to have makes him a pretty great President.
What does make a President a great one, if not for doing his best?


I don't think he was a great President, but I do think he was a great man.
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 09:42 AM

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The Rev. Robert Certain of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Palm Desert will comfort a mourning nation and the family of former President Gerald R. Ford during the next six days.Certain has been Ford's pastor since 1998, when Certain joined the parish.

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Certain said he thinks Ford may have held on to life long enough to see each of his children and get past the holiday."I'm not surprised if he did his best not to ruin Christmas," Certain said. "Obviously I can't speak for what was going on his mind, but it's a very common experience around the holiday for people who are facing the end of their lives to get past the holiday - so the holiday is not colored with their death.

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Certain, a Georgia native, joined the Air Force in 1969. He was shot down during the Vietnam War and spent 100 days as a prisoner in North Vietnam.That service eventually led him to ministry work in Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi and Arizona before finally arriving in Palm Desert in 1998.

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Certain plans to move back to Texas to dedicate his service to returning combat veterans and spend more time with his grandchildren.

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 06:34 PM

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Posted 30 December 2006 - 09:11 PM

Bush wasn't there.
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