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Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s$
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Yanek Mieczkowski

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780813123493

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813123493.001.0001

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Hungering for Heroes

Hungering for Heroes

(p.16) (p.17) Chapter 1 Hungering for Heroes
Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Yanek Mieczkowski

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the Americans' hunger for heroes when Gerald Ford stepped into the U.S. presidency in August 1974. It suggests that Ford's most controversial action was pardoning former President Richard Nixon. This enraged supporters and opponents alike and there were even others who accused him of conspirational behavior. His presidency never fully recovered. By damaging Ford's reputation and political strength, the pardon hampered his ability to promote the policies that he later introduced. Ultimately, it may have also cost him election to a full term.

Keywords:   Gerald Ford, presidents, pardon, Richard Nixon, conspirational behavior, political strength, damaged reputation

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