President Gerald Ford


I. Introduction

II. Early Life

III. Presidency

IV. Conclusion

V. Bibliography


Ford may not be the most important president during his time, but he
did more than some presidents did for the people. One of them was raising
their spirits and hopes for the people to the government. He helped people
gain confidence in their president again after losing confidence with
Nixon. He set new records and started getting the United States on its
feet again after having a very hard time in the past. He started his
presidency with an oath on August 9, 1974 which he said - "Our long
national nightmare is over (4, page 422)" which started his presidency.

Early Life

Ford had a more interesting early life than he had during his
presidency. He was born in Omaha Nebraska on July 14, 1913. He wasn\'t
always called Gerald Ford, his original name was Leslie Lynch King Jr. His
parents were Leslie and Dorothy King. When his parents got divorced while
he was two, his mother married a man named Gerald R. Ford from whom he got
his most widely known name. Together, they moved to Grand Rapids Michigan
(1, Page 1). During his High School years, he was the most popular Senior
having been a great athlete and competing within 5 sports, his best being
Football. Being good at Football, he got a M.V.P, a scholarship to
Michigan with a Football scholarship and was offered a contract by the
Green Bay Packers and the Detroit Lions. He finally took a job as
assistant Football coach at Yale.

While at Yale, he became interested in law and asked to take courses.
He was soon invited to learn law in the college and didn\'t graduate till he
was 27 because of his late start. 1941, he set up a practice in Grand
Rapids Michigan which closed after World War II (4, page 145). He joined
the Navy and was discharged as lieutenant commander.

He married Elizabeth Bloomer Warren and entered the Republican primary
in Michigan during 1948. November, he was elected to the House of
Representatives and was reelected every two years till 1973. In the House,
he was know to be a moderately conservative, hardworking member of the
Republican Party. In 1965, he was the Republican House leader.(1,page1)
While in the House of Representatives, he announced:

"A Republican of the President\'s domestic policies...It\'s going to be
rough going for him around here. Congress will write the laws, not
the executive branch." (3, page 29)


After Agnew resigned, Ford was then nominated as Vice President from
the House of Representatives. About six months later, The Watergate
scandal forced Nixon to resign. Ford set records as the 1st president in
history who had not been chosen in a national election as President or
Vice-President. He soon pardoned Nixon for the crimes he might of commited
during office. Ford wanted people to look ahead and stop worrying about
Nixon and Watergate. As soon as he got in office, the country had an
economic slump which had a recession combined with inflation causing a
stagflation. He had other problems too, he had a running battle with the
Democratic Congress. He had vetoed 61 bills and had 12 vetoes overridden.
The government was pretty much deadlocked.

The government had some things happen while he was in office. South
Vietnam collapsed to North Vietnam in 1975 ending the \'war\' there. Ford
offered a conditional amnesty to Vietnam draft evaders. There was the
overthrow of the Lon Nol regime in Cambodia Kampuchea by Communist forces.
There was a successful rescue attempt for the recapture of the U.S.
Freighter Mayaguez and its crew which were seized by Cambodian forces. We
got the people back safe (1, Page 2).

His economic plan was initialed W.I.P. This meant Wip Inflation Now.
This said that average people could beat inflation if we all worked
together. This plan was meant to include everyone in fighting the rising
economic problems. He even received personal mail which said that people
were listening about what he had said to them about the W.I.P. idea and
what it stood for.

Ford was know during these years as someone who brought new openness
to the White House and how he turned the United States around for the
better (4, Page 146). He was also known to let things work themselves out
and how he made a firm and an instant decision. He was a great leader.
It\'s not easy to be classified as a great leader. You must have some
important elements in you.