Breaking: Gerald Ford Dies at 93
Former First Lady Betty Ford just reported on CNN that her husband
, President Gerald Ford has died at 93 years old.
Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments — including an angioplasty — in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
He apparently never recovered from the recent health issues he went through. The vice-president, under the turmultous years under Richard Nixon, took the office reluctantly after Nixon resigned from office after Watergate. What makes Ford interesting is that when he ran in 1972, he had never run for a national office before.
Squeaky Fromme tried to kill him as well as another woman whose name escapes me during his brief time as president.
He only spent 865 days in office. I was 12 years old when Jimmy Carter defeated him.
My memories of Ford are limited. If my memory serves me right, he was a different kind of Republican in a different time who would most likely be considered a moderate in this day and age.
Ford died at his home earlier this evening.
UPDATE: I should have looked it up on the handy dandy Wikipedia before I posted last night and two very fine people showed me the way on where I messed up on this post. First of all, Ford ran in 1976. My intent was to say that he ran in '72 as vice president but I flubbed it. He did defeat Reagan in '76 in the primary (thanks Desi and Sharon). Also he was a member of congress for a multitude of years. I guess my eight to ten year old brain didn't retain all the info. So, as we would do in the newspaper world, here is my clarification. Want to get it right.