Monday, September 12, 2011

Homicidal Maniacs, Richard Nixon, and Other Upstanding Folk

More musings from my genius friend:

On this day in 1974 Gerald Ford pardons Richard Nixon for crimes he may have committed during his time in office. Good Trivial Pursuit question: Gerald Ford is the only person to have served as both Vice President and President without having been elected to either office. He was appointed VP after Spiro Agnew was forced to resign in disgrace for income tax evasion and political corruption. Ford became President upon the resignation of Nixon, who was forced to resign in disgrace for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Lots of scandals and disgrace back in the early 1970’s. I’m glad the current generation of politicians are honorable, trustworthy, loyal folk who put their concern for America and her citizens ahead of their own agenda. Speaking of concern for America, Ford’s pardoning of Nixon was an act of political suicide. In 2001, the Kennedy Library Foundation awarded Ford its Profile in Courage Award for pardoning Nixon. The Foundation said Ford placed his love of country ahead of his own political future and brought needed closure to the divisive Watergate affair. Ford left politics after losing the 1976 presidential election to Democrat Jimmy Carter. Ford died on December 26, 2006, at the age of 93.

“You say homicidal maniac; I say aggressive go getter. Tomato/tomatoh.”

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