Monday, January 01, 2007

To Bury Ford, Not to Praise Him

Nolan Finley's remembrance of Gerald Ford pretty well sum up my thoughts about him. "As an Ex-president, Ford Was a Dandy:"
Since his death Tuesday, the Ford presidency has been analyzed by just about everyone, with the consensus being that while he was the right man for the job at the time and gave the nation what it needed, his was not a momentous presidency.

He was a pinch hitter who kept the inning alive, but didn't reach the seats.
He was a good person, but he did not have the vision, charisma or boldness of a truly great leader like Ronald Reagan. He followed too many of the bureaucratic assumptions of his time, such as thinking that you could cheer-lead the nation into reducing inflation. But he handled himself well, despite the ridicule and rejection and he was wise enough not to become a crank the way Carter, and to some extent, Bill Clinton have.


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