Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Situation Online: President Gerald R. Ford


President Ford's second official White House portrait

Life of President Ford Online
President Gerald Ford's Presidency is extensively chronicled online through photos, videos, and documents. C-SPAN's video collection highlights his inaugural address (RealPlayer video) and his pardon of Richard Nixon (RealPlayer video). An online exhibit at The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, called "A Day in the Life of a President," provides a glimpse into his Presidency on April 28th,1975, the day he ordered the evacuation of the last Americans from South Vietnam. Ford lost the 1976 Presidential race to Jimmy Carter but here you can watch a sample of the original Ford for President TV ads, courtesy of the Gerald Ford Library. A new memorial Web site includes a statement from former First Lady Betty Ford, the latest funeral service details, how to donate funds to his foundation, and an opportunity to share condolences. CNN's Gerald Ford page includes a life in photos gallery and timeline of the former President's life.

Ford's First Lady
In August 1974, Gerald Ford said in his inaugural address, "I am indebted to no man and only to one woman, my dear wife." Click here to watch a C-SPAN video of Betty Ford in 1997 reflecting on her husband's career in the White House. The former First Lady may be best known for co-founding the Betty Ford Center, an alcohol and drug dependency treatment center in Rancho Mirage, California. Betty Ford was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991 and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999, among many other awards.

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