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60 Facts About President Gerald Ford
2. President Gerald Ford never attempted to shade a statement, and I never heard him utter an unkind word", said Martha Griffiths.
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3. On November 12, 2006, President Gerald Ford surpassed the 93 years and 120 days lifespan of Ronald Reagan, who died on June 5, 2004.
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4. On December 30, 2006, President Gerald Ford became the 11th US President to lie in state in the Rotunda of the US Capitol.
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7. In October 2001, President Gerald Ford broke with conservative members of the Republican Party by stating that gay and lesbian couples "ought to be treated equally.
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9. President Gerald Ford founded the annual AEI World Forum in 1982, and joined the American Enterprise Institute as a distinguished fellow.
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11. President Gerald Ford conditioned his acceptance on Reagan's agreement to an unprecedented "co-presidency", giving Ford the power to control key executive branch appointments.
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12. On March 15, 1980, President Gerald Ford announced that he would forgo a run for the Republican nomination, vowing to support the eventual nominee.
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16. President Gerald Ford hosted the Jerry Ford Invitational in Vail, Colorado from 1977 to 1996.
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17. President Gerald Ford devoted much time to his love of golf, often playing both privately and in public events with comedian Bob Hope, a longtime friend.
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21. In December 1974, months after President Gerald Ford took office, North Vietnamese forces invaded the province of Phuoc Long.
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23. President Gerald Ford considered it "stalling" and wrote, "Their [Israeli] tactics frustrated the Egyptians and made me mad as hell.
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24. President Gerald Ford, concerned with both the effect of this on Turkish-American relations and the deterioration of security on NATO's eastern front, vetoed the bill.
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29. President Gerald Ford expressed "strong support for full educational opportunities for our handicapped children" according to the official White House press release for the bill signing.
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32. President Gerald Ford was the first sitting president since Abraham Lincoln to testify before the House of Representatives.
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35. Immediately after President Gerald Ford took the oath of office in the East Room of the White House, he spoke to the assembled audience in a speech that was broadcast live to the nation.
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39. At the time of their engagement, President Gerald Ford was campaigning for what would be his first of 13 terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives.
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47. President Gerald Ford hoped to attend Yale Law School beginning in 1935.
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57. President Gerald Ford's took her son with her to Oak Park, Illinois, home of her sister Tannisse and brother-in-law, Clarence Haskins James.
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