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All I have to say about the passing of Gerald Ford is that I was born during his presidency. If that isn’t ignominious enough, I don’t know what is. What do I have to do to trade up to a Jefferson, FDR, Truman or Kennedy? Do any of you remember Ford’s quote that the Vietnam War “is finished as far as America is concerned?” He said that as part of a speech at the 1975 Tulane University graduation ceremony.

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  • Blair December 29, 2006, 11:54 AM

    I liked Gerry. Contrary to media reports he was not a klutz. He was an honest man in a difficult position at an impossible time.

  • Maitri December 29, 2006, 1:44 PM

    From MSNBC: One of his most famous verbal gaffes helped Jimmy Carter win the presidency. “There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration,” Ford said during the second presidential debate in October 1976, still the height of the Cold War.

    That is one of my earliest memories as a child.

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