Dick Cheney; Recollections of the Public and Private Gerald Ford. A NEWSWEEK Exclusive

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Dick Cheney; Recollections of the Public and Private Gerald Ford. A NEWSWEEK Exclusive


Byline: Dick Cheney

Dick Cheney

Vice President

'Confidence in His Bearing'

He was an unassuming man, our 38th president, and few have ever risen so high with so little guile or calculation. Even in the three decades since he left office, he was not the sort to ponder his legacy, to brood over his place in history. Jerry Ford was always a striver--never working an angle, just working. He was a believer in the saying that in life you make your own

luck. The achievements added up all his life, yet he was known to boast about only one. I heard it once or twice myself--he said he was never luckier than when he stepped out of Grace Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a beautiful girl named Betty as his bride.

He was modest and man-ful; there was confidence and courage in his bearing. In judgment, he was sober and serious, unafraid of decisions, calm and steady by nature, always the still point in the turning wheel. He assumed power without assuming airs; he knew how to treat people. He answered courtesy with courtesy; he answered discourtesy with courtesy.

This president's hardest decision was also among his first. And in September of 1974, Gerald Ford was almost alone in understanding that there can be no healing without pardon. …

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