President Ford

The death of President Ford last night, right around Christmas, reminds me of President Truman dying right around Christmas in 1972.

Quick research and I learn that both died on December 26. Truman in the morning, however, and Ford in the evening.

I was nine when Agnew resigned and Ford became the Vice President. I don’t remember anything about Agnew resigning, but I remember watching when President Nixon announced his nomination of Ford. Seems like nowadays when a President nominates someone they’ll be standing next to the President as the President introduces him or her. But somehow I remember Nixon calling out Ford’s name and Ford making his way through a crowd, smiling beaming, like it was some sort of surprise, like being called down on The Price is Right.

It probably was like some file footage or something on the news that I remember having watched, but that’s how I remember it.