Gerald Ford Quotes

Assassination "The American people want a dialogue between them and their president . . . And if we can't have that opportunity of talking with one another, seeing one another, shaking hands with one another, something has gone wrong in our society." (Following two assassination attempts) Gerald Ford Source: Baseball "I watch a lot of baseball on the radio." Gerald Ford Source: Becoming President "I am a Ford, not a Lincoln." Gerald Ford Source: Bush and Irag "I don't think, if I had been president, on the basis of the facts as I saw them publicly. I don't think I would have ordered the Iraq war. I would have maximized our effort through sanctions, through restrictions, whatever, to find another answer. Rumsfeld and Cheney and the president made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction, and now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error in how they should justify what they were going to do." Gerald Ford Source:Washington Post Business Most business leaders should do things that will convince the public that their interests go beyound making a buck. Gerald R. Ford Source:Harvard Business Review Sep/Oct 1987 Constitution "The Constitution is the bedrock of all our freedoms; guard and cherish it; keep honor and order in your own house; and the republic will endure." Gerald Ford Source: Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. (On Taking Office) Gerald Ford Source:
Energy "When I talk about energy, I am talking about jobs. Our American economy runs on energy. No energy no jobs." Gerald Ford Source: Frustration A lot of top businesspeople become totally frustrated when they move into a cabinet position or as a head of a department. They're used to much more power in business....In government, they must suddenly follow strict procedures and regulations. It's a difficult adjustment. Gerald R. Ford Source:Harvard Business Revire, Sep/Oct 1987 Golf I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators. Gerald Ford Source: I would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone. Gerald Ford Source: Government "If the government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have." Gerald Ford Source:
Indecision Indecision is often worse than wrong action. Gerald R Ford Source:Harvard Business Review, Sep/Oct 1987 Jimmy Carter "Teddy Roosevelt . . . once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter." Gerald Ford Source: "will be looked on as a better president than some comments we hear today. He was a very decent, fine individual. There were no major mistakes. There just weren't a lot of exciting results." Gerald Ford Source:Interview to Hometown Paper Ford's gave the interviews on the condition that his remarks be withheld until after his death. Nixon 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. Gerald Ford Sourse: Nixon Pardon "There are no historic or legal precedents to which I can turn in this matter, none that precisely fit the circumstances of a private citizen who has resigned the presidency of the United States. . . . Many months and perhaps more years will have to pass before Richard Nixon could hope to obtain a fair trial by jury . . . But it is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me . . . but the immediate future of this great country . . . . Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, president of the United States . . . have granted and do grant a full, free and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he . . . has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974. "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." Gerald Ford Source:
Prayers "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." Gerald Ford Source: Reagan "a great spokesman for attractive political objectives" such as a balanced budget and defeating communism, "but when it came to implementation, his record never matched his words." Reagan was "probably the least well-informed on the details of running the government of any president I knew," Ford said. In a separate interview, he said Reagan "was just a poor manager, and you can't be president and do a good job unless you manage." Gerald Ford Source:Interview to Hometown Paper Ford's gave the interviews on the condition that his remarks be withheld until after his death. Right to Know In a democracy, the public has a right to know not only what the government decides, but why and by what process. Gerald R Ford Source:Speech, Sep 13, 1976 Three-Martini Lunch The three-martini lunch is the epitome of American efficiency. Where else can you get an earful, a bellyful and a snootful at the same time? Gerald Ford Source:
Truth "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." Gerald Ford Source: "Truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go." Gerald Ford Source: Vietnam Amnesty 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. Gerald Ford Source: Watergate If Lincoln were alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave. Gerald Ford Source: 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. Gerald Ford Source: Watergate Tapes 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. Gerald Ford Source:
Whip Inflation Now "Our inflation, our public enemy number one, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our homes, our liberties, our property and finally our national pride as surely as will an well-armed wartime enemy." Gerald Ford Source:

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