Gerald R. Ford

38th President of the United States; appointed vice president and succeeded Nixon when Nixon resigned (1913-)

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A coalition of groups ... is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. ... an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him. (On Watergate crisis)
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.
All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.
An American tragedy in which we all have played a part. (On Watergate, announcing pardon of former President Richard M Nixon)
As I rejected amnesty, so I reject revenge. I ask all Americans who ever asked for goodness and mercy in their lives, who ever sought forgiveness for their trespasses, to join in rehabilitating all the casualties of the tragic conflict of the past. (On Americans who avoided conscription during the Vietnam War, to Veterans of Foreign Wars)
I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers.
I cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned.
It can go on and on, or someone must write 'The End' to it. I have concluded that only I can do that. And if I can, I must.
It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected.
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. (On succeeding Richard M Nixon as president)
Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men.
The political lesson of Watergate is this Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
Things are more like they are now than they have ever been.

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