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Gerald Ford, who a few months ago passed Ronald Reagan as the oldest surviving President in American history, has passed away at the age of 93. The news broke so recently that the story isn't up on their website yet, but it's all over CNN, MSNBC, Faux News, et al.


EDIT: An obituary from the A.P.

(edited by OlFuzzyBastard on 27.12.06 0001)


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My 5-year old son for some reason asked me this morning who the oldest living President was...and I happened to know. So I was more than a little chilled when I read this tonight.

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    Originally posted by cranlsn
    My 5-year old son for some reason asked me this morning who the oldest living President was...and I happened to know. So I was more than a little chilled when I read this tonight.




Interesting(?) bit of trivia - the oldest living President now?

George H.W. Bush. By less than four months.

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I'm kind of ashamed that the first thought I had when I heard this was about SNL. And not even the Chevy Chase SNL sketches.

Does anyone else remember a sketch where Dana Carvey played Tom Brokaw preparing to go on a vacation, and being forced to prepare ever more absurd pre-taped news breaks about Gerald Ford's death?

RIP President Ford. Watch your step on the Stairway to Heaven.

edit: the transcript of that sketch (snltranscripts.jt.org)

(edited by spf on 27.12.06 0959)


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    Originally posted by spf
    I'm kind of ashamed that the first thought I had when I heard this was about SNL. And not even the Chevy Chase SNL sketches.

    Does anyone else remember a sketch where Dana Carvey played Tom Brokaw preparing to go on a vacation, and being forced to prepare ever more absurd pre-taped news breaks about Gerald Ford's death?

    RIP President Ford. Watch your step on the Stairway to Heaven.


To be honest, that was the first thing that popped into my head as well.

RIP President Ford



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He was revered at the University of Michigan where he played center on two National Championship teams in the 1930s. I remember his #48 jersey being retired a few years back. He was a very kind and gracious man.



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Here is another photo of Gerald Ford, taken in the White House on April 28, 1975. Donald Rumsfeld (Secretary of Defense) is to his left, and Dick Cheney (White House Chief of Staff) is to his right.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/39/Ford_meets_with_Rumsfeld_and_Cheney%2C_April_28%2C_1975.jpg

He was also the last living member of the Warren Commission.

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President Ford was president when I went in the service, so the photograph of me taking my Oath is in front of an American flag and a photo of President Ford.

RIP to the last of the "old" presidents, I'd say. The rest are the newer ones and are so much different.



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Even though I am a "liberal Dem", I voted for him in 1976 as my first presidential vote. He was a good, decent, honest, human president and man. He did the right thing with Nixon and paid for it. God bless this honorable soul.



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    Originally posted by DrDirt
    Even though I am a "liberal Dem", I voted for him in 1976 as my first presidential vote.


weird, huh, doc? I voted for Carter

How'd we get so switched up since then....



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Quite an amazing man. Very human, and probably totally unelectable as President because of it. I was quite young when he became president, too young to realize what a job he had in front of him. It could've all collapsed then, but he steered the big old ship through.

By all accounts he had a quite peaceful life after getting out of the political eye. Good. He deserved that and more. RIP.



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I probably should have clarified that I was talking about big time papers. Circulation is always a guessing game with the smaller papers anyway. And, most small papers generally are a lot more flexible on advertising anyway.
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