No Memories of the Ford Administration

Proposed: Gerald Ford was the greatest American president of the past seventy years. But that’s crazy!–you might object. I couldn’t even name one thing Ford did. (Well, pardon Nixon.  But I couldn’t name two.) For the presidents arrayed on either side of him I have a clear sense of their ideology, their big decisions, and the cultural tenor of the era over which they presided. Ford–I can barely remember what the guy looked like. I try to picture Gerald Ford’s face and all I can see are Chevy Chase’s hands. To which I reply: exactly.

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