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.
Originally posted by cranlsnMy 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?
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.
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.
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.
As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004 OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005 OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005 OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005 As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight" As of 7/31/06: 224 pounds
For an American political wonk with a passing interest in this stuff it could be like Christmas coming early, because the rumors are a-flyin' that both Canada and the UK could be having federal elections before the year is out.