Former President Gerald Ford passed away on Tuesday at the age of 93.
I always admired President Ford and wish he’d had more of an opportunity as president. He stepped into office in a time of great turmoil (following Nixon’s resignation) and served his country well and with honor. Certainly I wish he’d won the election in 1976. How different those next four years might have been.
President Bush on Wednesday remembered former President Gerald Ford as a "man of complete integrity who led our country with common sense and kind instincts" and helped restore faith in the presidency after the Watergate scandal.
"On Aug. 9, 1974, he stepped into the presidency without ever having sought the office," Bush said. "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 needed him most."
Rest in peace, Mr. Ford.