Monday, October 17, 2005

Pop Culture Idiot: Achiever of the Minute: Gerald Ford

Hi. I wanted to call this "Achiever of the Minisecond" because I hope I'll have someone on deck besides Gerald Ford. Plus, it's hard for folks to come close to that Jeroen Krabbe like excellence anyway.

Gerald Ford was our 38nd president. He wasn't elected. Ford was named as vice-president in 1973 when Spiro Agnew resigned. About Gerald Ford, he is and he'll always be an exciting American icon. The way he pardoned Richard Nixon to the way he ducked assassination attempts, Gerald packed a lot of living in those nearly four years. And Ford being Ford, a lot of that time was spend on the ground. It seems our Gerald was total klutz.

As a Democrat, I can say I actually liked Gerald Ford, well until he got creepy. Robert Dole was chosen as his running mate for the 1976 campaign. At the time Ford was floundering. Dole wasn't exactly the avuncular elder-statesman at that time. He was a powderkeg as evidenced by any pictures or clip of him during the time. In any event the Ford/Dole ticket was beaten by Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale. Geez, the good ol' days? Things are so bad now, I'll take either of those heinous tickets.

The Forrest Gump Goof: During the part of the movie when it's the summer of 1976, Carter is seen as president. Not quite. Ford was in office until January of 1977.

Ford with his VP Nelson Rockefeller. Wow, I actually remember that guy...
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