from "Fax of Life"
January 8, 2007
The death of Gerald R. Ford was not the lead story on the newscast I
happened to catch on the Sunday closest to the event. It came third,
behind reports of the death of a tyrant-murderer and a rock singer. In
retrospect, that seems appropriate to the â€œaccidental presidentâ€ who
got very little respect while in office and who was vilified
mercilessly for pardoning his predecessor.
I am no historian and do not propose to evaluate the brief time
President Ford served as our nationâ€™s leader. I am not a political
commentator and have no thought of defending or attacking his pragmatic
approach to government. But his passing has made me aware of the things
people remember about one another.