The Nation Says Goodbye to Gerald R. Ford
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The late President Gerald Ford was remembered today by official Washington. We hear about the funeral and get several views on Ford's legacy and the White House staff that included Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Plus, more about the videotape of Saddam Hussein's execution and reaction in the Muslim world.
Iraq to Investigate Hussein Video ()
Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki reportedly wanted to hasten the execution of Saddam Hussein. Today, al-Maliki ordered an investigation into which witnesses taunted Saddam before he died and who leaked cell-phone video to the Internet and the media.
The Political Legacy of Gerald Ford ()
The man who is often called "the accidental president" was eulogized today by official Washington. Gerald R. Ford, who died a week ago at the age of 93, was appointed Vice President when Spiro Agnew stepped down in the midst of a scandal. Ford became President when Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid impeachment. After two and a half years, he was defeated by Jimmy Carter in 1976. How did a "creature of Congress" handle executive power in a time of crisis? What are the legacies of Ford himself and the White House staff that included Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney?
- Thomas DeFrank: Washington Bureau Chief for the New York Daily News
- David Gergen: Former aide to President Bill Clinton
- Kenneth Adelman: Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Ford Administration
- Allan Lichtman: Professor of History at American University
- John Mueller: Professor of Political Science at Ohio State University
Saddam's Execution Raises Questions ()
Saddam Hussein's execution was supposed to be a formal and solemn affair, but guards charged with keeping order chanted Shiite slogans and exchanged insults with the former head of state. Today, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered an investigation into the taunting of Hussein before his execution as well as into how videotape was released to the world. We hear more about the reaction to those sounds and images.
- Edmund Ghareeb: Professor of Middle East History and Politics at American University
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