Acebeam
Results 1 to 14 of 14

Thread: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

  1. #1
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    West Michigan, USA
    Posts
    490

    Default President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty, to God and my country,,,

    So begins the Scout Oath. And I believe that President Ford, Eagle Scout class of 1927, lived his life by those words.

    We HAVE lost a good and honorable man.
    Bright Scouter
    Del

  2. #2
    Flashaholic* bitslammer's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    Cincinnati, OH USA
    Posts
    636

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    I'm a bit young to rememebr much of his tenure but what I did see later on was that there were few people that ever spoke negatively of him. I suppose the worst thing I can recall him doing was hitting really bad golf shots on the pro-am tournaments. The crowds were never safe but he always took it in stride.


  3. #3
    *Flashaholic* James S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    on an island surrounded by reality
    Posts
    5,081

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    I was very young when he took over, I remember specifically watching Nixon's resignation speech with my family though. And I remember how upset my grandmother was when Ford declined to run again at the next election.

    Many of our elder statesmen it seems go a little goofy and start writing strange things in books, but Ford never seemed to succumb to that.
    -James

    E=sqrt((mc^2)^2+(pc)^2)

  4. #4
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    3rd Stone
    Posts
    2,197

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Maybe Chevy Chase should be a pall bearer.

    I have heard it said that Gerald Ford did nothing when nothing was exactly the right thing to do -- this in reference to his pardon of Nixon. He got the nation to move on when it was a very difficult time and personally took the heat for it. Actually, he helped the nation out of really bad economic times (gas shortages and prices that caused the regulation of which days of the week you could fill up among other things -- if you think the pump prices are bad today, imagine using a system like that now).

    Yes, he was an eagle scout, but also an adopted child. To partially dispel a myth, I believe he was a 13 handicap golfer well into his 80's. A college football star, too.
    "Show them a light, and they'll follow it anywhere..."

  5. #5

    Cool Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    i read a book on him. he led a very interesting life. first eagle scouter... something to be proud of, for i myself will not accomplish that enormous feat.

    -David

  6. #6
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Dec 2001
    Location
    West Michigan, USA
    Posts
    490

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Actually, he was never formally adopted. His parents divorced when he was 5 months old and his mother remarried. He was renamed after his step father two years later. His original name was Leslie Lynch King, Jr. But he was raised as if he had been officially adopted.
    Bright Scouter
    Del

  7. #7

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by James S
    And I remember how upset my grandmother was when Ford declined to run again at the next election.
    The way I remember it, he did run. He lost to Carter in the next election.
    Last edited by Empath; 12-27-2006 at 02:28 PM.

  8. #8
    Flashaholic* benchmade_boy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Location
    not far enough away
    Posts
    1,239

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by cheapo
    i read a book on him. he led a very interesting life. first eagle scouter... something to be proud of, for i myself will not accomplish that enormous feat.

    -David
    my bother is an eagle scout, he worked long and hard to get there.


  9. #9
    *Flashaholic* James S's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    on an island surrounded by reality
    Posts
    5,081

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    The way I remember it, he did run. He lost to Carter in the next election.
    Interesting, how clear one can remember things that turn out to be wrong Well, I was only 6 at the time so I suppose one might imagine it was interesting I could remember it at all

    I tried posting this earlier, and now your message says it was edited by me, but I didn't mean to edit it... did I mess it up? it still says the same thing it did before I messed it up...
    -James

    E=sqrt((mc^2)^2+(pc)^2)

  10. #10

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by James S
    I tried posting this earlier, and now your message says it was edited by me, but I didn't mean to edit it... did I mess it up? it still says the same thing it did before I messed it up...
    You probably hit the "edit" of the wrong post. It can happen. I put it back the way it was (I think).

  11. #11

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by benchmade_boy
    my bother is an eagle scout, he worked long and hard to get there.
    4 of my brothers are eagle scouts including cornkid... and my other brother is still in scouts... i'll be the only one of us that doesnt make eagle scout.... that makes it so much harder for me to get into UVA.

    -david

  12. #12
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Ventura, CA.
    Posts
    2,025

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    I would have liked to be an eagle scout like my brother but the the boyscout troop I was in turned out to be the FAKE boyscouts..
    I found this out after my troop had been operating for years in the church next door on 26th street and 9th avenue in Manhattan -- for some reason I couldn't get the leader to give out any merit badges..no matter how many knots we tied..no stinking badges.. as I told you; fake boyscouts..oh well..
    so that's why I never became a president.

  13. #13
    Flashaholic*
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    NW Rainforest
    Posts
    1,013

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    It's been weird to watch the mainstream media shower Ford with plaudits (the president who restored civility, integrity and honor to the White House) while the alternative press points out his shortcomings (approving the Indonesian genocide in East Timor, where one-third of the population was killed).

  14. #14

    Default Re: President Gerald R. Ford - RIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Josey
    It's been weird to watch the mainstream media shower Ford with plaudits (the president who restored civility, integrity and honor to the White House) while the alternative press points out his shortcomings (approving the Indonesian genocide in East Timor, where one-third of the population was killed).
    Yes, that piques my interest too.

    "brought trust back to the White House" was heard the radio goin' home.

    Don't be mean to be a smart@$$, but...Yeah, really. Like we all trust government officials. They're probably pampering him to distract attention or give us something to chew on...
    -Arc AAA-P r.4,r.5, Peak LED Sol. Caribbean 3W Lux (retired), Foursevens QTLC Gen 2

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •