On March 7, 2011, Donald Rumsfeld, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, U.S. Congressman and White House Chief of Staff, visited Grand Rapids to talk about his book “Known and Unknown”.
Steve Ford introduced Rumsfeld to yet another overflow crowd of Friends of Ford members and Foundation Trustees at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Richard Norton Smith, former Director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and Scholar-in-Residence in History and Public Policy at George Mason University, served as moderator.
“Known and Unknown” moves throughout Rumsfeld’s life and touches both on the historical and the personal reflections of his career. He discusses his appointment as Secretary of Defense for both President Ford and President Bush, his relationship with Congressman Gerald Ford and President Ford’s legacy, his opinions on Richard Nixon and other Presidents, his successful first campaign for U.S. Congress, his time as Middle East envoy for President Reagan, behind the scenes of the Bush White House and the ongoing mission in Iraq.