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Cnn does it best (2, Interesting)

BoomerSooner (308737) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375758)

CNN Special coverage [cnn.com]

He was pretty interesting! I didn't realize he was a Michigan football player who turned down the NFL to go into Yale law!

Not sure I agree with the Nixon pardoning but it did get the messiness behind us. However, it allows presidents to seem to operate with out regard to legality (ie, current war crimes, etc...)

Re:Cnn does it best (1, Offtopic)

TrisexualPuppy (976893) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375844)

He was pretty interesting! I didn't realize he was a Michigan football player who turned down the NFL to go into Yale law! Not sure I agree with the Nixon pardoning but it did get the messiness behind us. However, it allows presidents to seem to operate with out regard to legality (ie, current war crimes, etc...)
I am very saddened to read of this. I found a little more pertinent info here [wikipedia.org] , a much less biased source. I am planning on travelling to DC to pay my respects. He was quite a man.

Moderators!!! Mod INFORMATIVE post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376102)

I also will be going to DC, for I live here. I plan to participate in the funeral processions. I thank you with these words, TriSexualPuppy.

Re:Cnn does it best (4, Insightful)

teflaime (738532) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376446)

Bias? I'm not sure where you are seeing bias in CNN's coverage. They portrayed him as a kind and honest man who did what he thought was best for the country, as opposed to what was best for himself or the Republican party. Which, to be accurate, was pretty much how Ford said he wanted to be remembered.

Re:Cnn does it best - no wikinews did this time ! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17375946)

Wikinews had a viewable obituary for him since 16 September 2005 [wikinews.org] !!! Thanks to the efforts of Nicholas Gerda [wikinews.org] and many others.

Re:Cnn does it best (1, Troll)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376208)

I didn't realize he was a Michigan football player who turned down the NFL to go into Yale law!

Considering what a joke the NFL was in the 30's, that's not as big a surprise move as you might think.

-Eric

Re:Cnn does it best (2, Informative)

afidel (530433) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376244)

I heard on NPR this morning that there were two assassination attempts against Ford. One of them was a result of a local paper publishing his complete travel itinerary when he was in town, when this was discussed with Ford not long ago he remarked that he was not aware that the paper had published that information! It's interesting that the attempt against Regan that injured Brady gets so much notoriety but the two attempts against Ford are never talked about.

Backroom negotiated pardon? (2, Insightful)

wasted (94866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376348)

Not sure I agree with the Nixon pardoning but it did get the messiness behind us. However, it allows presidents to seem to operate with out regard to legality (ie, current war crimes, etc...)

I always wondered if Nixon's resignation was a negotiated deal with other members of the Republican part, with the pardon being part of the deal.

Messiness in front, though (2, Insightful)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376380)

When Ford pardoned Nixon, it did not get the messiness behind us, it just pushed it all in front of us by a few decades. The end of the 20th Century needed to see a crooked American president dragged before a court and sent to jail. If it had been done back then, we might not be seeing the kind of lawlessness we're getting from Jackass 2 in the White House today.

Instead, we came to a near constitutional crisis because a President cheated on his wife. It gave a free pass to presidents for generations to come.

Face it, when Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, the only Americans he was sparing were the pissant Republicans that were hanging on by their fingernails anyway back then, and the paranoid, drug-addled fuck that had vacated the White House months before (see, history repeats itself!). He was doing the sleazebag political version of "Paying it Forward".

Our Long National Nighmare is Over (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375764)

...is one of my favorite quotes of all time, and was said by Mr. Ford in the wake of the Nixon resignation. I'm actually old enough to remember when Ford was president (And Chevy Chase spoofing him on Saturday Night Live). From what I know, he seemed liked a geniunely nice guy. He will be missed.

Re:Our Long National Nighmare is Over (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17375980)

You know this finally means that Chevy Chase can finally retire...thank god

How to have a train-wreck in a Chevy (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376302)

I just hope he doesn't retire before his increasingly erratic behavior lands him in the news a few more times. It's the only way he's made me laugh for the last 15 years.

-Eric

oblig. (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17375774)

Found On Ranch Dead.

....sorry.

Oh, Great! (1, Funny)

Luscious868 (679143) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375778)

Another US-centric article. I think I'll shit my pants like a 2 year old and piss and moan about it. What the hell? Don't you evil USians realize there are other people in the world? How dare a USian site, hosted in the USA, started by a USian and edited primarily by USians post information about something US-centric. You bastards! This wasn't voted on by the UN, it's illegal!

Forgive and forget? (5, Insightful)

cyberon22 (456844) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375784)

He should never have pardoned Nixon.

Re:Forgive and forget? (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375868)

Why? It was the "classy" thing to do.

Re:Forgive and forget? (0, Troll)

IdleTime (561841) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375978)

It set an example for others to follow...

Lie, cheat, steal and kill is OK, your next buddy will give you a medal and a pat on the backl.

The US system is sick.
1st world economy with a 3rd world society.

Re:Forgive and forget? (2, Insightful)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375888)

He should never have pardoned Nixon.

Definitely agree. His excuse at the time was lame, and paved the way for future excesses.

Part of the responsibility of the highest office in the land is to make the tough calls, and he totally failed it on that one. No wonder people kept asking if he had played football without a helmet.

When a president who nobody voted for pardons his predecessor and former "boss" for criminal activities, it stinks. The "National Nightmare" was over when Nixon resigned - putting him on trial would have sent the message that there aren't 2 sets of rules - one for white-collar elites and one for the rest of us.

To paraphrase it - "Fuck someone over, go to jail - fuck the whole country over, retire and write a book. Fuck it!"

On a side note - how is Ford's death "News for Nerds?"

Re:Forgive and forget? (1)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375986)

On a side note - how is Ford's death "News for Nerds?

Have you seen that video of him falling down the airplane steps?

Re:Forgive and forget? (3, Insightful)

NorbrookC (674063) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376118)

Part of the responsibility of the highest office in the land is to make the tough calls, and he totally failed it on that one.

Considering that every one of his advisors recommended against the pardon, and he still did it, I'd say that was a tough call.

The other thing that all the people that froth at the mouth about this (still) forget is that an article of impeachment |=criminal charges. In fact, Nixon hadn't been indicted in the legal system, when the pardon was issued. Now, whether he would have been, and whether he would have convicted is something that can be argued (and probably will be) for a long time.

Re:Forgive and forget? (1)

smchris (464899) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376320)

I'm not crying a lot of tears. Another anecdote was that he was paid to appear at his next door neighbor's party. Perhaps not a big thing in this day of celebrity and star party appearance hirings but it seemed awfully petty at the time. And that he made the guy appear at his door with the money before he would go over there.

Re:Forgive and forget? (4, Insightful)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376064)

He should never have pardoned Nixon.

He didn't do it for Nixon, he did it for us. It isn't like Nixon was going to run for any other office, and if you are old enough to remember, with Vietnam, JFK, Bobby Kennedy, MLK, Kent State, and everything else that had happened over the last decade, we really didn't need another investigation to tell us what we already knew.

Everyone knew Nixon was guilty, and because he was ex-pres, he wasn't going to go to "pound you in the ass federal prison" regardless of the outcome. We did not need 5 years of court hearings at that time.

Re:Forgive and forget? (1)

BCW2 (168187) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376144)

Thank you for the only accurate comment on this subject. I agree that we didn't the continuation of the media clusterfuck. A trial would have made the later OJ circus look boring. Ford was one of the most honourable men to ever be President.

Bush involvement (0, Troll)

michaelmalak (91262) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376500)

We still don't have a motive for the crime -- Nixon was leading in the polls at the time of the break-in. Some suggest the motive might have been to steal the evidence that Nixon and George H.W. Bush were involved in the JFK assassination.

How is this insightful? (4, Insightful)

CyberLord Seven (525173) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376618)

By pardoning Nixon, Ford stopped all of the investigations and set the US up for another Imperial Presidency. Rather than putting Watergate, and it's excesses, behind the country, Ford's pardon put them into the future. Take a look around and you'll see for yourself.

For those too young to know better; the Watergate scandal is NOT about the break-in at the Democratic National Headquarters! Watergate is about everything that happened AFTER!

Re:Forgive and forget? (2, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376092)

Nope, pardoning Nixon was the single greatest thing the man accomplished, and it cost him a lot both politically and personally. Most historians agree that the nation would have been much worse off with the protracted political fight that would have resulted from the trial. Sure there are many who think he should have been punished, but I think resigning in shame and having that as his legacy is probably one of the greatest punishment for a man with the drive to become president. Look at the guys involved with Iran-Contra, they served their piddly sentences for much worse crimes, and today are back serving in the highest reaches of government.

Re:Forgive and forget? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376214)

The problem I had with the pardon is that it came before he was convicted for, or even charged with, anything. How can you pardon someone for unspecified acts? Seems way too open-ended to me. Also I don't think you can pardon someone for if you don't really know what they did, let alone really knowing whether or not they did. Further, it throws the whole innocent until proven guilty thing out the window. The way to put the "nightmare" behind us would have been to follow the law, wherever it took us, until it was actually over.
Just a bad idea altogether.

The King is Dead, Long Live the King (5, Informative)

thermopile (571680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375790)

Interestingly, President Ford is the only person to have served as both Vice President and President, and been elected to neither position.

Obligatory wiki quote. [wikipedia.org]

Also he is the only Eagle Scout to ever be (3, Interesting)

Mycroft_514 (701676) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375958)

President. No Wiki quote, look it up yourself. But he joined 6 of the 12 men who walked on the moon with that distinction. (Why do you think Apollo 11's lunar module was called "The Eagle"?)

Re:The King is Dead, Long Live the King (4, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376046)

And in response, an obligatory Futurama quote:

Bill Clinton's Head: (to Leela) Hey, sugar cookie! You know, legally, nothing I can do counts as sex anymore.
Gerald Ford's Head: I apologize for his rudeness, ma'am. He gets this way around meaty looking women.
Fry: (to Clinton) Hey, I remember you. I was gonna vote for you one time. But voting isn't cool, so I stayed home alone and got trashed on Listerine.
Gerald Ford's Head: Frankly, I've never felt voting to be all that essential to the process.
Richard Nixon's Head: No kidding, Ford!

Requiescat In Pace (2, Funny)

Ginnungagap42 (817075) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375792)

I guess the wolves finally got him.

I will never forgive him (-1, Flamebait)

A nonymous Coward (7548) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375806)

I went thru Watergate and wanted the book thrown at Nixon. All that guff about pardoning him so the nation's long nightmare could be put beind us -- what a load of self-serving rot! Yes, let's pardon every criminal before trial so the victims can put their long nightmare behind them -- NOT! Every murder suspect, every rape suspect, burglary, you name it -- find a suspect and pardon them before they even get indicted.

There was so much about Nixon that is probably buried forever because Ford pardoned him before the indictment (impeachment) even got halfway done. The nation deserved a full trial, just as every ordinary citizen deserves a trial when susspects are found.

I will never forgive that son of a bitc Ford. May he rot in hell.

Re:I will never forgive him (3, Insightful)

Frumious Wombat (845680) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375930)

In all likelihood, given the political climate of the time, you still wouldn't have gotten to the bottom of everything Nixon did, and only put up with months of political grandstanding and butt-covering. On the other hand, Nixon's henchmen were publicly tried, their crimes exposed, and most of them did time. Unfortunately, being shameless (*cough* G. Gordon Liddy *cough*), they didn't quietly disappear as would have been appropriate. (that includes you, Henry K.) Exiling Nixon to Fairbanks, rather than California, would have been appropriate as well, but as the Stones put it, "you can't always get what you want". Having seen what drips out over the years about Nixon's time in office, you can only imagine what would have been vomited up at the time if it all came out at once. Ford seems to have done close to the right thing.

So don't complain. Personally, I wanted to see Ronbo, G. H. W. Bush, and Co. brought to task over Iran Contra, but with those last minute pardons for the perpetrators as the investigators finally got near GHWB, my generation got diddly/squat. You at least got something, even if it wasn't RMN in San Quentin.

The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (4, Interesting)

Iphtashu Fitz (263795) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375828)

A lot of people, especially younger ones, weren't aware that Ford was the only US president who was never elected to office. When Nixon's vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned over charges of tax evasion, Nixon chose Senator Ford to replace him. Then when Nixon resigned over Watergate, Ford took the top job. I think most people these days only know of Ford through accident-prone appearances on shows like the Simpsons and impersonations by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live reruns. Some people believe that his unremarkable term of office was just what this country needed after the previous administraitons focus on Viet Nam, Watergate, etc.

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376006)

A lot of people, especially younger ones, weren't aware that Ford was the only US president who was never elected to office.
Apart from Dubya (twice).

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (1)

jellomizer (103300) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376120)

No the second time he got both the popular and electral vote. Quit Wining and wait 2 more years.

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376334)

No the second time he got both the popular and electral vote.

Thanks to electronic "voting".

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (1)

LoverOfJoy (820058) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376546)

Thanks to electronic "voting".


Yeah, him and the upcoming Democrat congress.

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376428)

You are an idiot and have no concept of how the presidential voting system works in the USA. Go back to middle-school government class and, this time, stop texting to your friends, read your text book, and listen to your teacher.

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (1)

sgrbear (213362) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376182)

Not to pick nits, but it was "Congressman Ford," not "Senator Ford."

Nope, the played-too-hard President (2, Informative)

ScentCone (795499) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376298)

I think most people these days only know of Ford through accident-prone appearances on shows like the Simpsons and impersonations by Chevy Chase on Saturday Night Live reruns.

It's worth mentioning that Ford was actually very athletic (more so than probably every other president, though Dubya liked to jog and now bikes when he can, and of course Teddy Roosevelt was Action Guy). Ford played very hard in his younger years and it really took a toll on his knees, which is why he had trouble on stairs later on (it may seem quaint to kids today, but they really didn't have the cool knee-joint replacement tech back then).

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (0)

XxtraLarGe (551297) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376392)

Nixon chose Senator Ford to replace him

I'm fairly certain Ford was Speaker of the House, not a Senator, and if that was the case, he was 2nd in line for procession of the President. That means he wasn't chosen by Nixon, he simply took over per the U. S. Constitution.

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (1)

$RANDOMLUSER (804576) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376502)

Ford was never Speaker of the House. He was the Minority Leader from 1965 to 1973.

Re:The Accidential (Accident Prone?) President (1)

theckhd (953212) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376596)

He was not a Senator, but he wasn't Speaker of the House either. He was House Minority Leader.

During the eight years (1965-1973) he served as Minority Leader, Ford won many friends in the House because of his fair leadership and inoffensive personality.
from Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]

In addition, he was indeed chosen by Nixon.

Because the Republicans did not attain a majority in the House, Ford was unable to reach his ultimate political goal--to be Speaker of the House.

When Spiro Agnew resigned the office of Vice President of the United States late in 1973, after pleading no contest to a charge of income tax evasion, President Nixon was empowered by the 25th Amendment to appoint a new vice president.
from Gerald R. Ford Biography [utexas.edu]

So farewell then, (5, Funny)

E.J.Thribb (910683) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375846)

So.
Farewell then, Gerald Ford.
Many said you were not the sharpest tool in the box.
How wrong they are, now.

Re:So farewell then, (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376652)

Farewell then, Gerald Ford.
Many said you were not the sharpest tool in the box.
How wrong they are, now.

... well - half right. He may not have been the sharpest tool, but he's definitely going to be "in the box". So now that he's dead, maybe we'll find out the dirt Nixon had on him ... (after all, Nixon had dirt on EVERYONE).

This is here why? (-1, Offtopic)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375864)

This is on 'news for nerds' why again?

Re:This is here why? (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375936)

Because he was succeeded in office my one of the biggest nerds ever?

I know, it's a stretch, but I'm trying to work with you here.

Re:This is here why? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17375982)

Because we need an excuse for our daily two minute Bush-hate, that's why.

Re:This is here why? (2, Insightful)

KingNaught (718536) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376014)

Certain news items trancend news genres. On Sep 11th their were lots of news stories on Slashdot about it, even though the stories weren't nessessarly tech related. Basiclly anything a nerd would be interested in knowing is news for nerds. And most US nerds would be interested in the Death of a former president. Heck I'm sure theres a few political science nerds on slashdot.

Re:This is here why? (1)

SecurityGuy (217807) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376086)

No, this really doesn't need to be on slashdot. Sure, it's newsworthy, relevant, and important, but it is also everywhere else. It's a great story for lots of web sites, just not this one.

September 11th was different. It was the unexpected and violent death of thousands in the largest terrorist act on our own soil in our history. It was the beginning of (a series of undeclared) wars. It had implications for everyone's future.

This is the natural passing of a single man. A former president with his share of controversy, sure, but this is nothing like September 11th.

Re:This is here why? (1)

MECC (8478) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376188)

Certain news items trancend news genres

Nerds are by definition not in the mainstream, and this news clearly is (not that all mainstream items are offtopic). While there are various different types of nerds out there into various topics of interest, its the nerds of the kind this site was ostensibly started for that has for the life of the site that has defined the vast majority of the topic matter that gets a submission put up on the front page.

One of the things that makes this sight interesting to nerds is that it isn't crowded with mainstream media items like this. Why not post the latest news out of Iraq each day (On the basis that this news transcends genres most Iraq news would qualify and nerds of various genres would find it interesting), Iran, or most of the middle east?

Broaden your scope, lose your focus. Lose your focus, lose your interest.

Re:This is here why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376192)

Because he didn't invent the Internet.

Re:This is here why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376264)

Note the location of this article, politics.slashdot.org/politics/06/12/27/1321200.sh tml

Funny thing about Ford... (2, Insightful)

Warbringer87 (969664) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375898)

A very decent human being, was the only president to not have been elected to either of the executive positions he held (appointed by nixon to VP, later president in wake of Nixon's resignation). Apparently, elections make candidates into jerks.

One down, two to go... (1)

Voltar (973532) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375904)

OK, now all we have to do is wait for Mr. Peanut and Zipperboy to finally kick and we can get back to normal!

Let the SOB rot in hell (-1, Troll)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 7 years ago | (#17375974)

Sorry, I liveed through watergate. Nixon was an evil man and the U.S. should have prosecuted him for his crimes. It was Fords actions that are currently allowing the current SOB in the whitehouse to believe in the imperial power of the whitehouse.

We NEEDED to imprison Nixon to show future presidents that they are not above the law. We didn't do that, and look at what we have now. Nixon would be happy with what Bush is able to get away with.

Re:Let the SOB rot in hell (1, Insightful)

grolaw (670747) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376288)

As much as I hated Tricky-Dick and Ford's Pardon (imagine the scope of that Presidential Pardon - all acts charged and uncharged - Ford cut off any investigation of Nixon, per se - but the Church Commission gave us some idea how out of hand the CIA was at THAT time) I know that Nixon was a very bright man. He argued and won a tough 1st Amendment case before the SCT and won. He was a sneaky son of a bitch given to using dirty tricks from the Helen Gahagan Douglas campaign forward. He opened the door to China and laid tens of thousands of servicemen in their graves with the campaign promise, "I have a secret plan to end the war" (at the time we joked that his plan was that he was going to vote for Humphrey).

Nixon: dishonest, dirty-trickster that he was - would not support GWB's imperialism. Nixon said: when the president does it it isn't against the law; W just does it and smirks. He knows we don't have enough votes to impeach him over the next two years.

And, yes, I agree with the poster that observed that we can thank Gerald Ford for the past 25 years of political connivance because Dick Nixon evaded justice. Impeaching a president and indicting him under the criminal statutes is a duty that every president undertakes when he takes the Oath of Office - too uphold, protect & defend the Constitution. Ford was selected because he would pardon Nixon and to hell with the Constitution.

GWB has certainly followed Ford's contempt for the Constitution - every day and in every way "W" finds new ways to destroy this nation - at home and abroad - and the direct line of responsibility runs right to Ford's pardon.

If I were a Christian, I'd agree that the SOB should rot in hell. As it stands, Ford lead the good life for nine decades because he was a pliable pol.

Re:Let the SOB rot in hell (2, Interesting)

dfetter (2035) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376422)

I agree 100%. It's not a coincidence that some of the worst bad actors of the current junta were staffers in the Nixon white house. Nor is it a coincidence that a lot of them were involved in Iran/Contra on the way to their current misdeeds.

Rule of law has to be for everybody, not just those without the power to adjust the judicial process to their taste.

Re:Let the SOB rot in hell (troll?) (0, Troll)

mlwmohawk (801821) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376498)

Sorry guys, modding as a troll is pretty mean thing to do.

I lived through it. I saw it. I saw how we had an unelected executive branch for the first time in U.S. history. I saw this unelected president pardon a criminal and eliminate our countries access to justice.

The Imperial Nixon presidency is not over, look at the histories of the current vice president, rumsfeld, wolfowitz, et. al.

This is NOT a democrat vs republican issue,this is about the systematic disregard and destruction of U.S. constitution, and Ford is/was part of that group.

I only wish he lived a miserable life in prison for his actions.

And the slashdot connecton is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17375992)

His grandchildren each have an iPod?

Sensless Age (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376010)

Gerald Ford dead today at the senseless age of 93.

France was consumed by a giant fireball and Gerald Ford is Dead

from the to-many-submissions-to-ignore dept. (2, Funny)

Boone^ (151057) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376030)

This is why digg is so very popular, guys. There's no cranky /. editors to bust through! :)

And we thought it would never happen (2, Funny)

FreshnFurter (599451) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376044)

"Hola bambe, hungala dimba Gerald Ford.. *click* *click* *click* *click* ..hola bambe, allah bumba bubba hulla humba hey."

Dana Carvey's SNL skit (3, Funny)

Liberaltarian (1030752) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376078)

as Tom Brokaw immediately came to mind when I heard the news. There are audio bits on Dana Carvey's website [danacarvey.net] , and occasionally someone will upload the entire skit to YouTube (before it's inevitably taken down by the copyright police).

Tom Brokaw: Gerald Ford dead today at the age of 83.
Producer: Good, now one for next year.
Tom Brokaw: Gerald Ford dead today at age 84.
Producer: Now one for if he's shot.
Tom Brokaw: Gerald Ford shot dead today at age 83.
Producer: Add the word senseless.
Tom Brokaw: Okay, Gerald Ford shot dead at the senseless age of 83.
...
Tom Brokaw: Alright, we got it?
Producer: No. We've got "eaten by wolves".
Tom Brokaw: What? Now, come on!
Producer: Just read it!
Tom Brokaw: Gerald Ford isn't gonna be eaten by wolves!
Producer: Taft was.
Tom Brokaw: Really? Taft?
Producer: Uh... yeah.

Reminds me of this . . . (4, Funny)

Slithe (894946) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376100)

http://snltranscripts.jt.org/96/96dbrokaw.phtml [jt.org]

Tom Brokaw: Alright. "Gerald Ford is dead today, and I'm gay." Now, wait a minute!

Voice of Producer: What? That'd be a huge story - Ford dying, and you coming out!

Tom Brokaw: But I'm not gay!

Voice of Producer: Today you're not gay, you know.. but then one day you wake up, you like men, and Gerald Ford dies, and we're screwed. Everyone's hearing about it from Dan Rather!

Yes, the East Timorese with sorely miss him (4, Interesting)

MrSteveSD (801820) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376204)

Ford and Kissinger visited Jakarta in 1975 and gave approval for the invasion of East Timor. Kissenger told Suharto...

It is important that whatever you do succeeds quickly.


Well it did succeed and over 200,000 East Timorese died during the invasion and subsequent occupation. It's strange that neither Ford nor Kissinger mentioned they gave the green light for the East Timor invasion in their memoirs. It must have slipped their minds. Fortunately details of their meetings with Suharto are now available (released by the National Security Archive in 2001). Yes Ford will be sorely missed by the people of East Timor.

Re:Yes, the East Timorese with sorely miss him (0)

lophan (1005469) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376592)

Yes Ford will be sorely missed by the people of East Timor.

Sounds like the people of East Timor are the ones that will be missed =P

Just a bit of reminiscing.... (5, Interesting)

jbarr (2233) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376250)

When I was 17, I received an Eagle Scout award. Our local Scout council was holding a benefit dinner, and President Ford (by that time, former president) was the guest of honor, who was a former Scout himself. I was asked if I wanted to be in the color guard, and I readily accepted. I also had the honor of sitting next to him at the head table for dinner. He was a very gracious man, and was happy to talk with us about him and Scouting. Being young, I was quite nervous, but he interacted with us in a comfortable, casual, yet respected manner.

One thing that I'll never forget is that for dessert, we were served a "grasshopper pie", which was a mint ice cream and chocolate pie. Interestingly, they served him a bowl of three simple scoops of vanilla ice cream. When I asked him about it, he said that he loved vanilla ice cream, and didn't like the other fancy stuff.

Anyway, it was a pleasure to have had the honor of spending a short time with him.

Re:Just a bit of reminiscing.... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376628)

"When I was 17, I received an Eagle Scout award."

So... you're saying when you were 17 you got the shit kicked out you on a daily basis?

Nixon pardon was the right thing (2)

tomhath (637240) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376252)

The country had way more serious problems than letting congress have a blood-letting, including Vietnam and the economy. He also argued against impeaching Clinton.

lived a nice long life (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376254)

93 years old, i can only hope to live as long.

Betty Ford.. (2, Interesting)

aapold (753705) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376278)

I think Ford may be the only President whose wife left a longer-lasting legacy and larger impact on our consciousness than he did. I mean, he was pretty bland other than dealing with things he didn't start...but the Betty Ford clinic is practically part of our national vocabulary.

Tuesday (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376454)

So did he die on Tuesday, or did his widow just say that he was dead on Tuesday? Maybe he's been dead for weeks, stinking up the joint.

A little respect, please. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376540)

I really can't believe some of the offensive posts here. I guess respect is something some people just don't understand.

I think Gerald Ford was doing what he honestly believed was best for the country when he pardoned Nixon. Isn't having to resign the presidency in disgrace a pretty heavy punishment? The prosecution of Nixon would have dragged on forever, and to what purpose? Ford wasn't the most intellectual president we've ever had, but I truly believe he was the right man for the job at that particular time.

Cornflakes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17376544)

Ford is not worthy of a presidency. We need a Cadillac.

Swept into office? (1)

plopez (54068) | more than 7 years ago | (#17376574)

That makes it sound like a landslide election victory. Ford was in fact the first US president to never be elected by the voters. He was appointed by congress after Nixon had to resign under threat of impeachment due to corruption and blatant violation of the constitution, and Spiro Agnew had to resign due to corruption.

Ford was chosen because he was innocuous. He ended up becoming Kissenger's sock puppet.
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