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12/27/06

Gerald Ford Remembered

Gerald R. Ford, 1913 - 2006 - 38th President of the United States Gerald R. Ford, 1913 - 2006 - 38th President of the United States
Pres. Gerald R. Ford addresses an audience in the East Room of the White House after being sworn in as the 38th president of the United States on Aug. 9, 1974 following the impeachment of Pres. Richard Nixon. (AP Photo) Pres. Gerald R. Ford addresses an audience in the East Room of the White House after being sworn in as the 38th president of the United States on Aug. 9, 1974 following the impeachment of Pres. Richard Nixon. (AP Photo)

Comments on the death of former President Gerald R. Ford:


Betty Ford, former first lady

"My family joins me in sharing the difficult news that Gerald Ford, our beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather has passed away at 93 years of age. His life was filled with love of God, his family and his country."


President Bush

"President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On Aug. 9, 1974, after a long career in the House of Representatives and service as vice president, he assumed the presidency in an hour of national turmoil and division. With his quiet integrity, common sense and kind instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the presidency."

Vice President Dick Cheney

"I am deeply saddened by the death of former President Gerald R. Ford."

"President Ford led an honorable life that brought great credit to the United States of America. Throughout his career, as a Naval officer, Congressman, Vice President and President, Gerald Ford embodied the best values of a great generation: decency, integrity, and devotion to duty. Thirty-two years ago, he assumed the nation's highest office during the greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War. In that troubled era, America needed strength, wisdom, and good judgement, and those qualities came to us in the person of Gerald R. Ford. When he left office, he had restored public trust in the presidency and the nation once again looked to the future with confidence and faith."

"I was proud to know President Ford, and to have served in the White House as his chief of staff. He was a dear friend and mentor to me until this very day. I feel a great sense of loss at his passing, and Lynne and our daughters join me in offering heartfelt sympathy to Betty Ford and her entire family."

Former President Clinton

"Gerald Ford brought Americans together during a difficult chapter in our history with strength, integrity and humility. All Americans should be grateful for his life of service; he served our nation well. To his great credit, he was the same hardworking, down-to-earth person the day he left the White House as he was when he first entered Congress almost 30 years earlier."

"Hillary and I were honored to know President Ford. We are saddened by his death, and our prayers are with Betty and the entire Ford family."


Former President Carter

"Rosalynn and I join the nation in mourning the loss of President Gerald Ford. President Ford is one of the most admirable public servants and human beings I have ever known. A man of highest integrity, his lifelong dedication to helping others touched the lives of countless people. An outstanding statesman, he wisely chose the path of healing during a deeply divisive time in our nation's history. He frequently rose above politics by emphasizing the need for bipartisanship and seeking common ground on issues critical to our nation. I will always cherish the personal friendship we shared. Rosalynn and I extend our heartfelt sympathy to Betty and the entire Ford family during this time of grief."

Nancy Reagan, widow of former President Reagan

"Ronnie and I always considered him a dear friend and close political ally. His accomplishments and devotion to our country are vast, and even long after he left the presidency he made it a point to speak out on issues important to us all."


Alexander Haig, Ford's former chief-of-staff, on CNN

"He had to bring our country back and make it whole again and he did it with dignity, he did it with great, great skill and sensitivity."


Sen. Robert Byrd, D-WV

"President Ford was one of the kindest, most sincere elected officials whom I have known and with whom I have worked. Although he and I were from different political parties, we often were able to find common ground and work together for our country."


Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX (appointed by President Ford as Vice Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board during his term in office)

"In a time of great turmoil in our nation's history, Gerald Ford was chosen to be Vice President because of his impeccable integrity and the confidence that members of Congress from both Parties had in his leadership.  When he became President, he was a healing force and continued to be a sought-after voice of reason throughout his life.  My thoughts and prayers go out to Betty and the whole Ford family as we honor a public servant who gave tirelessly to our country over nearly three decades in elected office."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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