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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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The Congenial Presidency

The Congenial Presidency

(p.38) Chapter 2 The Congenial Presidency
Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970s

Yanek Mieczkowski

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter examines the image and reputation of former U.S. President Gerald Ford during his term. Though Ford tried to maintain good press relations, reporters often ignored substance for the sake of an entertaining caricature and he became the favorite subject of many a television show's presidential satire. Despite his accomplishments in increasing real gross national product (GNP), increasing employment rate, and reducing inflation rate, his approval rating was just 46 percent in January 1976.

Keywords:   Gerald Ford, press relations, presidential satire, GNP, employment rate, inflation rate, approval rating

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