October 24, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

FORD

Today, on his birthday, we remember Pres.  Gerald R. Ford, 1974-77.  “Not a Lincoln”, he said, “but a Ford”.  A good stab at autobiography.  In fact he was a place-holder while the country caught its breath after 6 years of Nixon. He promised to Whip Inflation Now, told NY City to Drop Dead, sort of, but mostly will be remembered for pardoning Nixon, a guilty felon if ever we saw one (although small fry next to the still at-large Bush gang). The pardon may have cost him the election to Carter; also perhaps his accident-prone personae, brightly underlined in early episodes of Saturday Night Live. Here Nixon is his biggest bump. My favorite Ford line, “We gave Jimmy Carter the economy on a silver platter  . . . and he blew it.”

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