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Event Videos

Ken Walsh: Prisoners of the White House

December 3, 2013

Ken Walsh spoke at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan on what President Harry Truman famously called the White House…the great white jail. Walsh is author of “Prisoners of the White House: The Isolation of America’s Presidents and the Crisis of Leadership” which focuses on the ever emerging dilemma that removes The President from everyday life and surrounds The President in “the White House bubble”.

Walsh is a three-time Recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 1992, 1997 and 2008. He is one of the longest serving White House Correspondents in history, has worked for US News and World Report for over 25 years and is a former president of the White House Correspondents Association.


A Conversation with Jack Nicklaus

September 14, 2013

Jack Nicklaus, legendary golfer and longtime Ford Family friend, joined Steve Ford for a conversation on his legacy and the lasting legacy of Gerald R. Ford at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Foundation Trustee Doug DeVos hosted the event which continued the Gerald R. Ford Centennial Celebrations which have included former First Ladies Barbara Bush & Laura Bush, Jon Meacham and Donald Rumsfeld.

The conversation was paired with the 2nd Annual 2013 Ruth’s Chris Charity Golf Event, which was sponsored by Amway. Both events benefited the Student Learning Center at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum.


Donald Rumsfeld: “Rumsfeld’s Rules”

September 3, 2013

Foundation Trustee Donald Rumsfeld visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 3, 2013 to discuss his new book “Rumsfeld’s Rules”. Throughout numerous years as a distinguished public servant & successful businessman, Rumsfeld wrote down his thoughts, ideas, mistakes, things that worked out well and advice. President Ford would name the collection of 3×5 cards “Rumsfeld’s Rules”, which presently includes almost 400 rules.

Shortly after beginning his Presidency, Gerald R. Ford heard Don Rumsfeld discuss one of his rules and asked about it. Rumsfeld detailed how they were just things he wrote down and reflected upon from throughout his life. President Ford asked to read them, and afterward wanted Rumsfeld to distribute to the White House Senior Staff so they could also read.


Centennial Wreath Laying

July 14, 2013

Susan Ford Bales hosted the annual wreath laying at the burial site of Gerald R. Ford at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan on the Centennial Birthday of our nation’s 38th President. Susan was joined by the Commanding Officer & crew of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the President & shipbuilders of Newport News Shipbuilding, Foundation Trustees, Ford family members and friends from Grand Rapids for the event which Mrs. Betty Ford asked be continued each July 14th.

Following the wreath & flower presentations, Captain John Meier, 1st Commanding Officer of the USS Gerald R. Ford, spoke on the tremendous honor he and his crew have for the ship’s namesake. Historian Jon Meacham stated that Ford, above all other Presidents, has more closely resembled the ideal of the Roman leader Cincinnatus – the man who was summoned from his plow against his will to restore faith in the republican ideal.


Jon Meacham “Centennial Legacy of Gerald R. Ford”

July 13, 2013

Jon Meacham, historian and best-selling author, was the keynote addressor for the 2013 William E. Simon Lecture Series at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum as part of the Centennial Celebrations for our nation’s 38th President. Meacham also has received the Pulitzer Prize for American Lion, his bestselling 2008 biography of Andrew Jackson.

Meacham spoke of his great admiration of Gerald R. Ford. Meacham would dive into several historic parts of Ford’s Presidency and important moments Ford experienced including the hours surrounding Richard Nixon stepping down as President, Gerald R. Ford taking the Oath of Office, Ford’s political view “disagreeing without being disagreeable”, and how Ford’s service to his country is an example of true civic duty.


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