The Political Legacy of Gerald Ford

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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 - American University; author of “The Embattled Vote in America: From the Founding to the Present" - @AllanLichtman
  • John Mueller - Professor of Political Science, Ohio State University


Warren Olney