We’ll miss you, President Ford
“President Ford was a great man who devoted the best years of his life in serving the United States. He was a true gentleman who reflected the best in America’s character. … He assumed power in a period of great division and turmoil. For a nation that needed healing and for an office that needed a calm and steady hand, Gerald Ford came along when we needed him most.”
- President George W. Bush
He did lots of other stuff too, including, in his short time in office, 51 spending vetos of which only 13 were overturned. He achieved the rank of lieutenant commander in the US Navy during WWII, worked his way through law school, and served 25 years in Congress, where he earned a reputation as being able to work with anyone. He described himself accurately as “a moderate in domestic affairs, a conservative in fiscal affairs, and a dyed-in-the-wool internationalist in foreign affairs.”
He is remembered by most people for only two things; his pardon of Richard Nixon (which was exactly the right move), and physical clumsiness (which is entirely untrue as he was very athletic).
In case anyone has forgotten, this is what a real Republican looks like.