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Gerald and Betty Ford (with David and Julie Eisenhower)

Gerald and Betty Ford (with David and Julie Eisenhower)
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George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., 14 Jul 1913 - 26 Dec 2006
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford, 8 Apr 1918 - 8 Jul 2011
Dwight David Eisenhower II, born 1948
Julie Nixon Eisenhower, born 5 Jul 1948
Gelatin silver print
Image: 25.2 x 33.2cm (9 15/16 x 13 1/16")
Sheet: 27.8 x 35.6cm (10 15/16 x 14")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
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© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
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On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford became the first president who had neither campaigned for or been elected to either the presidency or the vice presidency. Ford later wrote that his friendship with Richard Nixon had placed him in "an impossible situation. I couldn't abandon Nixon. . . . Nor could I get too close to him, because . . . I'd risk being sucked into the whirlpool myself." That, however, is just what happened when, a month after becoming president, Ford granted Nixon a "full, free, and absolute pardon." Highly unpopular, Ford's pardon was a major reason for his loss to Jimmy Carter in 1976. In his memoirs, Ford defended his decision: "I simply was not convinced that the country wanted to see an ex-president behind bars." In 2001 he was given the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award for his pardon of Nixon.
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