Thursday, September 30, 2010
President Ford and Liberty
Anyway, the mother of the president-to-be went and lived with some relatives for a while and then she eventually married Gerald Rudolff Ford, and they changed the name of their son to Gerald Rudolf Ford, Jr., even though his stepfather never officially adopted him. And President Ford grew up in a happy home in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with three half-brothers. But here's something funny to think about: if the baby's name had never been changed, he would have ended up being President King, and that would make him have two titles instead of just one!
Meanwhile, Mr. Ford got elected to the House of Representatives, and he had that job for 25 years. He was really good at getting people to work out their differences, and everybody thought he was a very nice man. Eventually, he got to be the House Minority Leader while President Johnson was in office. And after that, when Mr. Nixon got to be the president, Mr. Ford helped him get laws through Congress.
Oh, and here's a clever trick that Liberty could do. If her dad was talking to somebody in the Oval Office, and he didn't really want to talk to them anymore, he gave Liberty a signal, and she would go over to the guest and wag her tail and that would make a break in the conversation.
In the 1976 election, President Ford ran against Jimmy Carter, and he lost the election, probably because people never quite forgave President Ford for pardoning President Nixon. Anyway, after that, Mr. Ford went back home to Michigan, and he did a lot of good things, including a lot of stuff for the Republican Party. And he also wrote his autobiography. He and President Carter even got to be good friends, and they did a lot of things together.
President Ford died on December 26, 2006, and at that time he was 93 years old, which made him the oldest former president ever.