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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 11:14 am    Post subject: Gerald R. Ford (1913 - 2006) Reply with quote

Gerald R. Ford (1913 - 2006)

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 6:52 pm    Post subject: Gerald Ford = Team Player Reply with quote

GERALD FORD, JR. 1913-2006

Ah, the accidental President with a 'legacy of healing'.



He was never elected either as President or Vice President and yet he served his nation as its 38th President.

Does that actually happen by accident?

:roll:

Ford became President because he was a team player.



That's from his days as a WWII Navy man. He installed the basketball court on the USS Monterey aircraft carrier elevator. How clever.

The young man, born Leslie King Jr., was a standout Football Star before the war.



And after Naval Service, he went the route of the Politician:



He came to Washington in 1949 and immediately fell in with a certain crowd.



(The Chowder and Marching Club, by the way, was formed in 1949 by 15 House Republicans who didn't want the American Government to pay monthly bonuses to war veterans. How generous...)

According to the ever trustworthy Time Magazine,

Quote:
Ford was Nixon's closest political colleague. "I treasured his friendship," Ford said later. "When I took the oath of office in the well of the House in 1949, the very first person who came up to shake my hand was Dick Nixon."


Dick Nixon? (Seen here with Precsott Bush.)



Hmmm...

Good ol' Dick, of course, soon became Vice President under Eisenhower...



...while Ford served dutifully for more than a decade in what Eisenhower would later (almost) call the "Military-Industrial-Congressional-Complex."

Then in 1960, the stage was set to transfer power to one of the two orthodox choices:

Good ol' Dick:



and the Democratic heavy:



Time Magazine, it seems, really wanted LBJ. They kept pushing him.



But it turned out that nobody outside Texas liked LBJ, and a younger man snagged the nomination with the help of his charming family.



And so JFK faced off against good ol' Dick.



Despite being Prescott's pick, Ike's VP, and Ford's long-time buddy, good ol' Dick lost the general election by .2% - thanks to the crooked Daley Democratic machine in Chicago and some well-timed vote fraud in West Virginia.



Now, since we all know what happened to JFK (seen here without Secret Service agents holding their handlebars mounted on the back of the limo)...



...let's just say Time got its wish.



And team-player Gerald Ford stepped in for mop-up. He was joined by a cast of the usual suspects.



Then, while proclaiming peace, LBJ went to war...



...where he quickly got bogged down enough to give the Republicans some traction:



And Gerald Ford, having proven himself trustworthy, became Minority House leader.

Things were looking good for the Republicans in 1968 but there was still one last Democratic hurdle...



...and so Time finally got its other wish.



But good ol' Dick couldn't stay out of trouble. Luckily, when Vice President Agnew resigned over criminal charges of tax evasion and money laundering, good ol' Dick had the perfect man to turn to:



By that point, however, it was only a matter of Time for good ol' Dick...



...who became the first President to resign from the office due to scandal.



And so the Americans got the 'accidental' President, and the 'healing' meme started immediately.



And, of course, as a team player, Ford's first major act of healing was the total pardon of his longtime buddy.



His next major act of healing involved reshuffling the Presidential team. Ford brought in a couple of then unfamiliar faces including Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld:



It seems the Americans, having been through the emotional ringer from the multiple assassinations, the war, and Watergate, were finally questioning their government.



So, Ford quickly named George Bush to head the CIA.



You guessed it. Gerald Ford mopped up again.



And Ford, ever the team player, then pushed George Bush just as far up the ladder as he could.



For which Ford later received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.



Ah... Gerald Ford. What a guy. We will miss you dearly.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 7:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

amazing piece, bttl... thanks for spending the time to indulge us.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2006 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Backandtotheleft. Brilliant summary.
Learnt alot from that post.
Thanks mate. Well done.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great Summary.........learned more in this thread than any history class ever taken..........thanks for sharing


Funny how all the pieces fit together now...............like this stuff is all pre-planned........which we all know is............
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you know why the lights went out in the White House during the 1964 election campaign? Walter Jenkins blew a fuse.

Don't forget that it was said that LBJ started ducking down on Nov 22, 1963 BEFORE the bullets started flying. He knew.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 10:58 am    Post subject: Amazingly well done. Reply with quote

Wow!! Outstanding.

It is so well done you if you weren't from this planet might think it was just a fascinating parody of politics and presidents.

Instead its a parody of the reality of our awareness of our denial of our psycho-co-pro-realactic integalacti-papal-polit-bureau-cratis-ticism. (I made that up)

Thanks for the time I know it took. Really. Amazing. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2006 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, everyone.

If you'll notice, the price of Time goes up 200% between 1960 and 1975.

Some things never change.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dick Cheney, from last night's Ford funeral:

"It was this man, Gerald R. Ford, who led our republic safely though a crisis that could have turned to catastrophe. Gerald Ford was almost alone in understanding that there can be no healing without pardon."



The psy-ops never stop. "It was Ford, acting alone, from the 6th floor of the book...."

These guys use teflon shovels - it's the only way you could throw that much shit without gobs of it eventually rendering the shovel useless.

Such a drag for Saddam that Gerry Ford isn't alive to pardon Iraq into some "healing." Confused

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2006 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes. The famous teflon shovel...

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 01, 2007 3:18 pm    Post subject: Outstanding post Reply with quote

Backandtotheleft, I'll just add my two cents to the others who have herewith expressed their appreciation for your puissant post. Your history lessons reveals Ford to be the willing tool he surely was. Nicely done.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:55 am    Post subject: Gerald Fnord Reply with quote

Yeah - great post!

A masterful study in metadata.

An excellent example of how well used BBS code can transform information into understanding.
But only an artist could make Gerald Fnord this interesting! Bravo.

Thanks for connecting those dirty dots.
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