"Tune Into FOX News Channel for Live Coverage of President Ford's Death"
- foxnews.com home page, 27.12.06
James Brown emulated WC Fields on Monday by expiring on Christmas Day. Gerald Ford emulated Harry Truman by expiring on Boxing Day.
James Brown was a legendary R&B performer who spent time in jail for crimes of violence. Gerald Ford was an unelected president who complicity in Indonesia's invasion of East Timor - among other episodes - has gone unchecked.
Wikipedia's bio of President Ford is currently in a state of flux, as one would imagine. It does include a 1975 photo of Ford having a chat with his Chief of Staff Richard B.Cheney, and his Secretary of Defense, Donald H.Rumsfeld. (This at a time when Nobel Peace Laureate Henry A.Kissinger was Secretary of State, and George W.Bush was National Guardsman In Absentia.)
Fox News have put together a lengthy hagiography of their Republican hero, though I can't find the reference to the "respected senior statesman" that they used in the first hours after his demise.
As Gerald Ford once said about himself: "I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln." Mister President, you were sure no Abe Lincoln.
His greatest legacy? To be married to a woman whose name is immortalised by an alcohol rehab clinic. Not even Rutherford Hayes achieved that.