His passing, may, I am afraid, mark the beginning of the end of an era of decency in American National Politics. Let us hope not.
I once had the chance to have dinner with him, if you call being in a very large room, with say 2,000 other people having dinner with him. But my table was close enough that I could actually see him fairly closely and see when he laughed, which he did quite a bit, the mantle of the U.S. Presidency long off his shoulders and smack on the back of President Reagan's at the time.
He wan an engaging speaker, and I found him very funny, as did just about the entire audience, who had not had to pay for the tickets. That always makes for a more delightable audience. But among all the jokes and witticisms one stood out that I will never forget, in part because it played on his own reputation as having a lack of coordination, and for another because the person he mentioned was a particular favorite of mine.
"Bob Hope and I went golfing yesterday," Ford quipped, playing on the fact that Ford and Hope were well known golfing buddies, "Bob had a really outstanding day. He shot a birdie, and Eagle, an Elk, a Moose and a Lion."
The laughter went on for a good two minutes and had Bob Hope been there (Darn!) he would have led the laugter.
So let's lift a glass to Former President Ford today. May he rest in peace, perhaps one President who will be able to.
Peter, Chief Editor and Spell Wrecker
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