Personal note: As a young voter at the time, I voted for Jimmy Carter over Ford because I was pissed at Ford for pardoning Nixon. Later, as I matured (politically), I realize that Ford made the right decision to help get us out of that depression.
A Tip O’Neill quote is inscribed on Jerry Ford’s monument in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall:
"God has been good to America, especially during difficult times. At the time of the Civil War, He gave us Abraham Lincoln. And at the time of Watergate, He gave us Gerald Ford – the right man at the right time who was able to put our nation back together again."
Ford knew the right thing to do for the country, and he did it knowing it could cost him an election: He pardoned Richard Nixon.
Experience, humility and an understanding of the greater good are required to make such decisions.
Barack Obama has faced bad economic circumstances from the moment he walked into the Oval Office. A generous press and electorate – remember, not just Democrats supported him; he had independents and Republicans, too – gave him broad sway to implement policies to spur growth.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have the experience, humility or understanding of the greater good to make the critical decisions.
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