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Gerald Ford Speeches

President Ford became President when Richard Nixon left the office of presidency due to the Watergate scandal.

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Gerald FordUntil the passing of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, no formal mechanism was in place to fill a vacancy in the Vice Presidency. In fact, Harry Truman had no Vice President for nearly four years after succeeding FDR. The Amendment was adopted in Feb, 1967, and invoked for the first time when Gerald Ford was appointed to the office of Vice President after Spiro Agnew resigned in 1974.

Gerald Ford Football DaysFord was the only person to have served as both President and Vice President without being elected by the Electoral College.

Ironically, there are few men with a background better suited for going into elected office than Gerald Ford. Ford grew up in Michigan, became an Eagle Scout, was a star athlete and captain of his high school football team, and was a star player at University of Michigan. He attended Yale Law School and was admitted to the Michigan Bar in 1941. As he was preparing to open an office in Grand Rapids, the War began.

Ford received a commission in the US Navy in April 1942. His first duty was as an academic instructor and coach at a preflight school. Later he joined the USS Monterey for action in the Pacific, participating in action with the Third and Fifth Fleets. When the Monterey suffered typhoon damage, Ford went back to instructor duty. Returning to civilian life he married former fashion model Elizabeth Bloomer Warren.

Ford also became active in Republican politics after the War. He had learned the importance of America's leadership in the world while the incumbent congressman from his district was a dedicated isolationist. Ford set about replacing him and served 25 years in the House of Representatives. Considered a “Congressman's Congressman”, Ford served on a number of prominent committees. After the Kennedy assassination Ford Served on the Warren Commission. He served as House Minority Leader for eight years.

Gerald FordIn October 1973, Vice President Agnew resigned while facing charges of tax evasion and money laundering. President Nixon consulted with senior Congressional leaders about a replacement, and the gave him “no choice but Ford." The new VP attracted little attention as the Watergate Scandal was breaking at about that time.

Ford and his wife were preparing to move from Virginia to the Vice Presidential residence when White House Chief of Staff Al Haig warned “smoking gun” evidence had been found. Ford told his wife “Betty, I don't think we're ever going to live in the vice president's house.”

President Nixon resigned on Aug 9, 1973, and Gerald ford immediately took the oath of office. In his first address as President, he acknowledged that the American people had not selected him with their votes, “so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers.”

Largely as a backlash from Watergate, the midterm elections of 1974 left the Republicans with a serious minority in both the House and Senate. Ford pardoned Nixon for any crimes he may have committed in relation to Watergate, saying it was in the best interest of the nation.

There were two assassination attempts against Ford within three weeks of each other, both in California. The assailants were Lynnette “Squeaky” Fromme in Sacramento and Sara Jane Moore in San Francisco.

Gerald Ford WavingFord reluctantly agreed to run for “re-election” against the backdrop of the Bicentennial celebration in 1976. He faced stiff opposition from conservative California Governor Ronald Reagan in the primaries. Peanut Farmer and Washington outsider Jimmy Carter defeated him in the general election.

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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 28 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 9 hours 28 minutes
      1. GRF 740809 Remarks on Taking Oath of Office.mp3
      2. GRF 740812 Address to a Joint Session of Congress.mp3
      3. GRF 740819 Veteran Foreign Wars Annual Convention Chicago IL.mp3
      4. GRF 740828 President's News Conference.mp3
      5. GRF 740908 Signing Proclmtn Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon.mp3
      6. GRF 740918 Address 29 Session General Assmbly United Nations.mp3
      7. GRF 741015 Annual Conv Future Farmers America Kansas City MO.mp3
      8. GRF 741017 Members House Judiciary Cmte Pardon Richard Nixon.mp3
      9. GRF 741202 President's News Conference.mp3
      10. GRF 750115 Joint Session Congress Reporting State of Union.mp3
      11. GRF 750329 Address Nation Signing Tax Reduction Act of 1975.mp3
      12. GRF 750423 Address at a Tulane University Convocation.mp3
      13. GRF 750424 Intrvw Walter Cronkite E.Sevareid B.Schieffer.mp3
      14. GRF 750506 President's News Conference.mp3
      15. GRF 750609 President's News Conference.mp3
      16. GRF 750801 Helsinki Conf Security Cooperation Europe.mp3
      17. GRF 751009 President's News Conference.mp3
      18. GRF 760119 Address Joint Session Congress State of Union.mp3
      19. GRF 760217 President's News Conference.mp3
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    19 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 28 min
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      19 shows - total playtime 9 hours 28 minutes
      1. GRF 740809 Remarks on Taking Oath of Office.mp3
      2. GRF 740812 Address to a Joint Session of Congress.mp3
      3. GRF 740819 Veteran Foreign Wars Annual Convention Chicago IL.mp3
      4. GRF 740828 President's News Conference.mp3
      5. GRF 740908 Signing Proclmtn Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon.mp3
      6. GRF 740918 Address 29 Session General Assmbly United Nations.mp3
      7. GRF 741015 Annual Conv Future Farmers America Kansas City MO.mp3
      8. GRF 741017 Members House Judiciary Cmte Pardon Richard Nixon.mp3
      9. GRF 741202 President's News Conference.mp3
      10. GRF 750115 Joint Session Congress Reporting State of Union.mp3
      11. GRF 750329 Address Nation Signing Tax Reduction Act of 1975.mp3
      12. GRF 750423 Address at a Tulane University Convocation.mp3
      13. GRF 750424 Intrvw Walter Cronkite E.Sevareid B.Schieffer.mp3
      14. GRF 750506 President's News Conference.mp3
      15. GRF 750609 President's News Conference.mp3
      16. GRF 750801 Helsinki Conf Security Cooperation Europe.mp3
      17. GRF 751009 President's News Conference.mp3
      18. GRF 760119 Address Joint Session Congress State of Union.mp3
      19. GRF 760217 President's News Conference.mp3
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    19 recordings on 9 Audio CDs
    total playtime 7 hours, 48 min

    Disc A001

    1. GRF 740809 Remarks on Taking Oath of Office
    2. GRF 740812 Address to a Joint Session of Congress
    3. GRF 740819 Veteran Foreign Wars Annual Convention Chicago IL

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    Disc A002

    1. GRF 740828 President's News Conference
    2. GRF 740908 Signing Proclmtn Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon
    3. GRF 740918 Address 29 Session General Assmbly United Nations
    4. GRF 741015 Annual Conv Future Farmers America Kansas City MO

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    Disc A003

    1. GRF 741202 President's News Conference

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    Disc A004

    1. GRF 750115 Joint Session Congress Reporting State of Union
    2. GRF 750329 Address Nation Signing Tax Reduction Act of 1975

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    Disc A005

    1. GRF 750423 Address at a Tulane University Convocation
    2. GRF 750424 Intrvw Walter Cronkite E.Sevareid B.Schieffer
    3. GRF 750506 President's News Conference

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    Disc A006

    1. GRF 750609 President's News Conference
    2. GRF 750801 Helsinki Conf Security Cooperation Europe

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    Disc A007

    1. GRF 751009 President's News Conference

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    Disc A008

    1. GRF 760119 Address Joint Session Congress State of Union

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    Disc A009

    1. GRF 760217 President's News Conference

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