Gerald Ford 's President Of The United States

943 Words Apr 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Dylan Marrone
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Research Paper
Gerald Ford

What makes a great president? Being the President of the United States is one of the most difficult positions to be in. And throughout history there has been presidents who faced crisis and made society a better place, and then there were some who did not live up to their greatest opportunities. Gerald R. Ford was the 38th President of the United States of America and was considered below average in all aspects of his presidency including relations with foreign affairs, the economy and social/political cases in our country. In fact, according to scores based on Fields of History, Law and Politics, he was ranked as below average. This proves that he was not worthy compared to the
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This left no other choice, but Ford to become the man of presidency.
After being sworn in as President, Gerald decided to address and announce a pardon for Richard Nixon. He did this in order to try to quiet the controversy of Nixon’s resignation and described it as “full, free and absolute”. In the pardon, he states that, “I have promised to do what is right as God gives me to see the right, and to do the very best for America. As we are a nation under God, so I am sworn to uphold our laws with the help of God” (History 1). He basically states that now as the man in charge of the country, he always has God to help him out. However, the reaction to his pardon was mostly negative and it took a huge place in his presidency, and to some people, the most well-known event of his presidency. In fact, many people thought that this was the reason why he lost in the 1976 election against Jimmy Carter. In terms of the economy, Ford was one who was always supportive but never became fully effortful. He believed heavily in the government spending and intervening for the better of American society. One of his main goals and challenges, was trying to master inflation. Inflation is an increase in a level of prices for goods and services and Ford tried to revive a suffering economy. However, the results were turning out to a “tumult for the nation”. Also, when recession became a domestic problem, it was the most difficult issue to grasp on. In other words, trying
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