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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Gerald Ford is Dead

posted by on December 26 at 21:16 PM

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The oldest living president (formerly tied with Reagan) is dead at the age of 93.

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Somehow presidents back in the day (aka before carter) looked a helluva lot more badass. I miss presidents that look like Jack Nicholson, or at least some kind of badass movie star... JFK had too much going on to even need to look that badass.

Posted by john | December 26, 2006 10:03 PM

Do you like Football?

Do you like Nachos?

Posted by Chris | December 26, 2006 10:52 PM

Uhh, Taft wasn't very badass.

Love the Simpsons reference!

Posted by Brandon | December 26, 2006 10:54 PM

It was an SNL sketch with Dana Carvey.

Posted by Conrad Kilroy | December 26, 2006 11:01 PM

Good gawd. I can't believe he was even still alive. He had to be the most invisible former-president in all of history. Dude hasn't done anything more noteworthy than golf for the last 30 years.

Posted by SDA in SEA | December 27, 2006 12:25 AM

To SDA IN SEA: President Ford was not elected to his post. He was drafted to the position. He acted to calm this country from its Watergate woes and move on. Good for him to live his own life. Thank you, Mr.President. Thank You.

Posted by larry clark | December 27, 2006 2:11 AM

Thank you, President Ford, for Dick Cheney. And Donald Rumsfeld. And George H. W. Bush (& son). And, most of all, for James Brown's 1974 hit, "Funky President (People It's Bad)."

Posted by Tom Peyer | December 27, 2006 2:59 AM

While he definitely won't make the 10 Greatest Presidents, we can thank him for one of the liberal stalwarts on the current Supreme Court (John Paul Stevens). Also, I think he served as a reminder that the GOP was not always dominated by the Religious Right and it was once possible for even a GOP President to be pro-choice. He also endorsed gay civil unions late in life:

Posted by Jason Caucutt | December 27, 2006 7:06 AM

"Lame Duck" would be a bit cruel, but he was essentially foisted upon the position, which is the only time I remember that circumstance playing out in making someone president in recent history. I'm not claiming we haven't had *elected* lame ducks before, of coruse.

Ford was the one who did champion the metric system in the U.S., which was shortlived, and you can decide if he purposely didn't give it as much of a boost in order to let it die or not. However, Carter is usually credited with this, although it was Ford who signed the actual Metric act(s).

Geez, Chevy Chase impersonations, the Nixon pardon, and the Metric Act(s) are the only memorable things I can conjure. I'd hope the passing of James Brown would overshadow Ford, not because Ford doesn't deserve to be looked back upon, but because James Brown changed the world far more than Ford did.

R.I.P. Brown and Ford. Hope you guys get to talk about the good ol' days in whatever parallel universe you may simultaneously occupy now.

Posted by matthew fisher wilder | December 27, 2006 7:32 AM

Bush says he was a uniter. Shit, with all the talk Bush does for being a uniter it would be nice if he tried it himself sometime. But like all born agains it is all talk and nothing to back it up. President Ford better than President GW Bush.

Posted by Andrew | December 27, 2006 8:26 AM

I agree with you Andrew. Ford was indeed a uniter when compared against GWB.

Interesting that George H. W. Bush was most dissapointed when Ford chose Nelson Rockefeller to be vice president over him.

Posted by Proud Gay Republican | December 27, 2006 8:46 AM

Uhh.... I am not sure how to respond to a Gay Republican agreeing with me. But I will assume it is a good thing. But just for the record I have been a "Die Hard Democrat" since the 1980 election when I was the only third grader in my school who supported Carter.

Posted by Andrew | December 27, 2006 9:03 AM

dude, andrew, it's ok to agree with a republican sometimes, lol. that's funny. cooties! cooties!

but seriously, if you want to draw comparisons nixon is to bush as the next president will be to ford. both nixon and bush were incredibly polarizing (though bush seems to be more so), and in their wake they're going to leave a public disenchanted with a failed war with a healthy dose of corruption and whatever throughout the government. the next president is going to have a similar set of challenges that ford faced--Ford said, "Our long national nightmare is over." The next president's speech writers should write that one down.

Posted by charles | December 27, 2006 9:26 AM

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