Funny how history can happen - On October 12, 1973, Gerald R. Ford is nominated to be Vice President by Richard Nixon. He is the first Vice President nominated under the 25th amendment to the Constitution. The appointment comes after Spiro Agnew, under investigation for accepting bribes and income tax evasion while Governor of Maryland, resigns as Vice President of the United States.
On December 6, 1973, Ford is sworn in as Vice President. Nine months later, Richard Nixon resigns as President. Ford takes the oath as 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974.
Here are Ford and Nixon together, a decade before they were presidents, campaigning for Barry Goldwater’s presidential ticket in 1964.
-from the Ford Library
My mom hates Ford. She, to this day, has a very visceral reaction to his pardoning of Nixon. Which is crazy because it happened, what, 37 years ago? Which is even crazier because she was 16 at the time. (I guess, in her defense, I’ll probably always have an equally visceral reaction to a lot of things that happened during the Bush administration and I was ages 10 - 18 for those).
I just sort of feel bad for him.