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…as he leaves Washington, DC for the last time today.

“In President Ford, the world saw the best of America and America found a man whose character and leadership would bring calm and healing to one of the most divisive moments in our nation’s history,” President George W. Bush said in his eulogy.

The elder President George H.W. Bush, opening the eulogies, called Ford a “Norman Rockwell painting come to life” and pierced the solemnity of the occasion by cracking gentle jokes about Ford’s reputation as an errant golfer. He said Ford knew his golf game was getting better when he began hitting fewer spectators.

Henry Kissinger, Ford’s secretary of state, paid tribute to Ford’s leadership in achieving nuclear arms control with the Soviets, in the first political agreement between Israel and Egypt and in helping to bring majority rule to southern Africa, among other achievements often overlooked in the modest man.

“In his understated way he did his duty as a leader, not as a performer playing to the gallery,” Kissinger said. “Gerald Ford had the virtues of small town America.”

President Gerald Ford – 1913-2006


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  1. I just wanted to pay my condolances to the Ford Family about the passing of Gerald Ford, Former Commander in chief, husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather,,

    My daughter went to school to get her education degree in Grand Rapids, and she was in awe of the beautiful city of Michigan.

    I can not decide who was luckier,, his beautiful wife or himself,, but I am always in awe of people who are married for a long time.
    May his soul rest in peace,, and be with our Savior in paradise to which he deserves.

    Sincerely Yours

    Barbara June Ross
    TOronto Ontario Canada

    Comment by Barbara June Ross — January 2, 2007 @ 4:27 pm - January 2, 2007

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