Ford is the first president I have any real memories of. I remember all the flack about him pardoning Nixon. I never really understood why until yesterday when I was listening to NPR on the way home. In an interview, Ford said that a Nixon trial would have taken the focus off important national issues.
How wise. Looking back over the past couple of decades, it is clear that the public and the news media get wrapped around sensational issues (OJ and Monica). Ford probably new that pardoning Nixon would create a firestorm, but he did it anyway because he thought it was the right thing to do for the country.
Here is to a life well lived. I raise a nacho to you President Ford.