The relaxed, take-charge air of confidence that characterizes this photograph of Gerald Ford was published on Time's cover in August 1976. The picture accompanied a story reporting Ford's chances of claiming the presidential nomination at the forthcoming Republican convention in Kansas City. The prognosis for a Ford victory, Time noted, was excellent. Indeed, thanks to his chief rival Ronald Reagan's pre-convention selection of a liberal Republican as a running mate, the delegate support was running so favorably for Ford that it seemed likely that he would win the nomination on the first ballot.
Photographer Dirck Halstead began his career at the age of seventeen with a photographic spread for Life on the revolution in Guatemala. When he took this picture of Ford, he was serving as Time's White House photographer.