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Gerald Ford

Data de nascimento: 14. Julho 1913
Data de falecimento: 26. Dezembro 2006

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Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr. foi o 38º presidente dos Estados Unidos entre 1974 e 1977, logo após ter servido como o 40º vice-presidente de 1973 a 1974. Ele foi a primeira pessoa a ser nomeada para a vice-presidência sob a Vigésima Quinta Emenda, logo após a renúncia de Spiro Agnew. Quando tornou-se presidente depois da renúncia de Richard Nixon em 9 de agosto de 1974, Ford se transformou na primeira e até hoje única pessoa a ter exercido os cargos de vice-presidente e presidente dos Estados Unidos sem nunca ter sido eleito pelo Colégio Eleitoral. Antes de ser vice-presidente, ele serviu por 25 anos na Câmara dos Representantes pelo 5.º distrito de Michigan, oito anos como o Líder da Minoria Republicana.

Enquanto presidente, Ford assinou os Acordos de Helsínquia, relaxando as tensões da Guerra Fria. Com a conquista do Vietnã do Sul pelo Vietnã do Norte acontecendo no nono mês de sua presidência, o envolvimento dos EUA na guerra essencialmente acabou. Internamente, Ford presidiu durante a pior crise econômica desde a Grande Depressão, com uma crescente recessão e inflação. Uma de suas ações mais controversas foi o perdão presidencial a Nixon por seu papel no Caso Watergate. Durante seu mandato, sua política externa ficou caracterizada, em termos processuais, pelo aumento do papel do Congresso, e pelos correspondentes poderes do presidente. Em 1976, Ford derrotou com uma pequena margem Ronald Reagan para a indicação Republicana a presidente, porém perdeu a eleição para Jimmy Carter.

Após seu mandato, Ford permaneceu ativo no Partido Republicano. Após problemas de saúde, ele faleceu em sua casa em Rancho Mirage no dia 26 de dezembro de 2006. Com 93 anos e 165 dias de idade, Ford viveu mais do que qualquer outro presidente dos Estados Unidos, e sua presidência de 895 dias permanece até hoje a mais curta de todos os presidentes que não morreram no cargo.

Citações Gerald Ford

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„I am a little late getting around to it, but confession is good for the soul. I have sometimes voted to spend more taxpayer's money for worthy Federal projects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while I vigorously opposed wasteful spending boondoggles in Oklahoma.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: I am a little late getting around to it, but confession is good for the soul. I have sometimes voted to spend more taxpayer's money for worthy Federal projects in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while I vigorously opposed wasteful spending boondoggles in Oklahoma. [Laughter] Be that as it may, Mr. Speaker, you and I have always stood together against unwarranted cuts in national defense. This is no time to change that nonpartisan policy.

„The oath that I have taken is the same oath that was taken by George Washington and by every President under the Constitution. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by Americans.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: The oath that I have taken is the same oath that was taken by George Washington and by every President under the Constitution. But I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by Americans. This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts. Therefore, I feel it is my first duty to make an unprecedented compact with my countrymen. Not an inaugural address, not a fireside chat, not a campaign speech — just a little straight talk among friends. And I intend it to be the first of many.

„It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: It is believed that a trial of Richard Nixon, if it became necessary, could not fairly begin until a year or more has elapsed. In the meantime, the tranquility to which this nation has been restored by the events of recent weeks could be irreparably lost by the prospects of bringing to trial a former President of the United States. The prospects of such trial will cause prolonged and divisive debate over the propriety of exposing to further punishment and degradation a man who has already paid the unprecedented penalty of relinquishing the highest elective office of the United States. NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gerald R. Ford, President of the United States, pursuant to the pardon power conferred upon me by Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, have granted and by these presents do grant a full, free, and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974. Proclamation 4311, granting a pardon to former President Richard Nixon (8 September 1974)

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„I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: My conscience tells me it is my duty, not merely to proclaim domestic tranquillity but to use every means that I have to insure it. I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference. I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy. Finally, I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough and will continue to suffer, no matter what I do, no matter what we, as a great and good nation, can do together to make his goal of peace come true.

„I deeply believe in equal justice for all Americans, whatever their station or former station. The law, whether human or divine, is no respecter of persons; but the law is a respecter of reality.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: I deeply believe in equal justice for all Americans, whatever their station or former station. The law, whether human or divine, is no respecter of persons; but the law is a respecter of reality. The facts, as I see them, are that a former President of the United States, instead of enjoying equal treatment with any other citizen accused of violating the law, would be cruelly and excessively penalized either in preserving the presumption of his innocence or in obtaining a speedy determination of his guilt in order to repay a legal debt to society. During this long period of delay and potential litigation, ugly passions would again be aroused. And our people would again be polarized in their opinions. And the credibility of our free institutions of government would again be challenged at home and abroad.

„In all my public and private acts as your President, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our Government but civilization itself. That bond, though strained, is unbroken at home and abroad. In all my public and private acts as your President, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end. Ford is known to have used the words "truth is the glue that holds government together" several times prior to this.

„My concern is the immediate future of this great country.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: It is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me, though surely it deeply troubles every decent and every compassionate person. My concern is the immediate future of this great country. In this, I dare not depend upon my personal sympathy as a long-time friend of the former President, nor my professional judgment as a lawyer, and I do not. As President, my primary concern must always be the greatest good of all the people of the United States whose servant I am. As a man, my first consideration is to be true to my own convictions and my own conscience.

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„I have not subscribed to any partisan platform. I am indebted to no man, and only to one woman — my dear wife — as I begin this very difficult job.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers. And I hope that such prayers will also be the first of many. If you have not chosen me by secret ballot, neither have I gained office by any secret promises. I have not campaigned either for the Presidency or the Vice Presidency. I have not subscribed to any partisan platform. I am indebted to no man, and only to one woman — my dear wife — as I begin this very difficult job.

„My conscience tells me it is my duty, not merely to proclaim domestic tranquillity but to use every means that I have to insure it.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: My conscience tells me it is my duty, not merely to proclaim domestic tranquillity but to use every means that I have to insure it. I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference. I do believe, with all my heart and mind and spirit, that I, not as President but as a humble servant of God, will receive justice without mercy if I fail to show mercy. Finally, I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough and will continue to suffer, no matter what I do, no matter what we, as a great and good nation, can do together to make his goal of peace come true.

„I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it.“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: I have not sought this enormous responsibility, but I will not shirk it. Those who nominated and confirmed me as Vice President were my friends and are my friends. They were of both parties, elected by all the people and acting under the Constitution in their name. It is only fitting then that I should pledge to them and to you that I will be the President of all the people.

„It is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me“

—  Gerald Ford
Context: It is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me, though surely it deeply troubles every decent and every compassionate person. My concern is the immediate future of this great country. In this, I dare not depend upon my personal sympathy as a long-time friend of the former President, nor my professional judgment as a lawyer, and I do not. As President, my primary concern must always be the greatest good of all the people of the United States whose servant I am. As a man, my first consideration is to be true to my own convictions and my own conscience.

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