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    Pres. Ford dies

    Former first lady Betty Ford says President Gerald Ford has died.

    Posted 3 mins ago on AP.

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    LOS ANGELES - Gerald R. Ford, who picked up the pieces of Richard Nixon's scandal-shattered White House as the 38th and only unelected president in America's history, has died, his wife, Betty, said Tuesday. He was 93.

    Ford had battled pneumonia in January 2006 and underwent two heart treatments — including an angioplasty — in August at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

    He was the longest living president, followed by Ronald Reagan, who also died at 93. Ford had been living at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, Calif., about 130 miles east of Los Angeles.

    Ford was an accidental president, Nixon's hand-picked successor, a man of much political experience who had never run on a national ticket. He was as open and straight-forward as Nixon was tightly-controlled and conspiratorial.
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    R.I.P. Mr. President

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    Gerry had one interesting, unprecendeted political career as the only unelected President in US history.
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    He had a very interesting cabinet.

    As Kyle stated, RIP Mr. President

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    That's 93 years! Must be a record for a Ford!

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    Of my many remembrances of the former president, his not bailing NYC of its financial crisis. This one act permitted the dark horse Jimmy Carter to take New York state, costing Ford the election.

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    R.I.P. Mr. Ford. A very interesting man with a very interesting political history.

    It does seem that the wrongs written about him during them times are now being corrected. That's a good thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hell_Yes View Post
    Of my many remembrances of the former president, his not bailing NYC of its financial crisis. This one act permitted the dark horse Jimmy Carter to take New York state, costing Ford the election.
    If only he'd been able to defeat Carter............if only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prey521 View Post
    If only he'd been able to defeat Carter............if only.
    He would still have had to face a crippling recession. Reagan did enough damage to Ford during the GOP run off.

    Hard to tell what would have happened without Carter. If no Carter, then probably no Reagan.

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    Ford, he didn't want to cooperate with some of those in power above him. The only thing I liked about him. Almost got him killed twice.

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    This brings to mind one of the best SNL skits ever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waferdog View Post
    This brings to mind one of the best SNL skits ever.
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    He was a good Pal to Canada.
    By ALEXANDER PANETTA, AP
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    OTTAWA -- Canada's place as a G8 nation is thanks largely to Gerald Ford, a veteran political insider says.

    The late U.S. president's actions three decades ago helped secure a spot for Canada in the elite club of world economic superpowers, Tom Axworthy said yesterday.

    "We are there because Gerry Ford invited us," Axworthy, an aide to then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau, said.

    In the wake of the 1973 oil crisis, France spearheaded a new club of democratic leaders who'd meet regularly to chat about global problems.

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    French president Valery Giscard d'Estaing was adamant Canada did not belong and the first Group of Six summit was held in France, in 1975 without Canada.

    Ford mused about boycotting the G6 to protest Canada's exclusion but instead he waited until the next summit was hosted by the U.S.

    "He did Canada an enormous favour," Axworthy said. "As host, he could invite who he would. He invited us and Canada has gone ever since."

    To this day, some critics wonder why Canada has a seat at the G8 when emerging global powers like China, India and Brazil remain on the sidelines. Russia became a member in the 1990s.

    'NICE MAN'

    Axworthy remembered Ford as "very natural. A very nice man. That's not an adjective you use with a lot of politicians. He was genuine, and quite warm."

    He was also from the border state of Michigan, which may explain his sensitivity to Canada. "It's rare to have a president who knew Canada well. He really did," Axworthy said.

    Years later he was still aiding Canada-U.S. relations. At the opening of his presidential library in 1981, Ford set up Trudeau's first, impromptu meeting with newly inaugurated Ronald Reagan.

    " 'Pierre, I'd like you to meet President Reagan. Ron, this is Pierre Trudeau. He's been a good friend,' " he recalled.

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