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Oath of Office and Swearing-in Remarks

August 9, 1974

On the morning of August 9, 1974 Gerald Rudolph Ford walked the halls of The White House as Vice President, and that evening as The 38th President of the United States of America. President Ford had not campaigned for either the Vice Presidency or Presidency but following President Nixon’s resignation, President Ford acknowledged that he “had not sought this enormous responsibility, but will not shirk it”.

President Ford historic quote: ” I am indebted to no man, but to one women, my dear wife”.


Remarks announcing a Program for the Return of Vietnam Era Draft Evaders and Military Deserters

September 16, 1974

In his first week as President, Gerald R. Ford asked his Administration to review those who were convicted, charged, investigated or were still being sought as Vietnam War Era Draft Evaders or Military Deserters. President Ford wanted to give those individuals a “chance to earn their return to the mainstream of America society” and “bind up the nations wounds” with the Vietnam War over.

One month later, while believing penalties should fit the seriously of the individual’s offenses, President Ford created both a clemency board to review those previously found guilty and allowed for a 24 months alternate military service program for individuals to begin to bind up the nation’s wounds.


A Time to Heal – Gerald Ford’s America

A twenty minute film about the life and times of President Gerald R. Ford. This film is shown daily at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

President Ford provided reflections on his life during the documentary. He discussed what Grand Rapids, Michigan meant to him and his family, his time in Washington, D.C. as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and participating in key American foreign affairs decisions such as the S.A.L.T. Treaty with the U.S.S.R.


Address at a Tulane University Convocation

April 23, 1975

President Gerald R. Ford was the keynote speaker at the Tulane University Convocation in New Orleans, Louisiana. President Ford spoke to a packed house on the Opening of the Louisiana Superdome in 1975 and on the historical meaning for the country in winning the Battle of New Orleans against the British in 1815.

President Ford also outlined several domestic themes facing graduates as they left Tulane. “The true source of American power, was the people’s belief in America” and he challenged the engineering graduates to develop technologies to produce cheap, clean and plentiful energy.

President Ford historic quote: “We (America) can & we should help others to help themselves, but the fate of responsible men & women everywhere, and the final decision, rest in their own hands and not in our’s”.


Address to a Joint Session of the Congress

August 12, 1974

Gerald R. Ford made his first appearance at the U.S. Capitol as President of the United States during a Joint Session of Congress. President Ford served in the U.S. House of Representatives as Congressman from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

After receiving a especially warm welcome lastly several minutes, President Ford began his remarks with “My fellow Americans, we have a lot of work to do. My former colleagues, you and I have a lot of work to do. Let’s get on with it”. President Ford stated that America did not need more words, but needed action.

President Ford historic quotes: “I do not want a honeymoon with you (Congress), I want a good marriage.””Several months ago I stated that I was a Ford, not a Lincoln. Today I say, I am still a Ford, just not a Model T.” “The unanimous concern of Americans is inflation, for once all the polls seem to agree. They (the polls) also suggest that the people blame government far more than management or labor for the high cost of everything they have to buy.”


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