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Waiting Room

Waiting Room
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Title
Gerald Ford
Artist
Patrick Oliphant, born 1935
Sitter
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., 14 Jul 1913 - 26 Dec 2006
Date
1974
Type
Drawing
Medium
India ink over pencil
Dimensions
Sheet: 29.8 x 44.7cm (11 3/4 x 17 5/8")
Mat: 40.6 x 55.9cm (16 x 22")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Susan Corn Conway, in honor of Alan Fern, on behalf of Patrick Oliphant
Restrictions & Rights
© Time Inc.
Object number
NPG.2002.126
Exhibition Label
Nixon announced his selection to replace Spiro Agnew as vice president on October 12, 1973, and Gerald Ford was confirmed in both houses by large majorities on December 6, the same day that the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered Nixon to relinquish seven tapes requested by the Watergate special prosecutor. During the eight months that Ford was vice president, he successfully separated himself from the Watergate proceedings as they dismantled the Nixon presidency. Ford defended the president even though he privately doubted Nixon's innocence. On August 5, 1974, three days before Nixon's resignation, Ford publicly acknowledged that the president could no longer claim he was "not guilty of an impeachable offense."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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