#5 – First Press Conference

August 28, 1974

President Gerald R. Ford and First Lady Betty Ford’s first press conferences are accidentally scheduled for the same day. President Ford opens the press conference by joking that he and Mrs. Ford compromised: “She will postpone her press conference until next week, and until then, I will be making my own breakfast, my own lunch and my own dinner.” Many of the media’s questions concern the unresolved issues surrounding Watergate. In response to the run of questions about a possible pardon, he firmly states “Until any legal process has been undertaken, I think it is unwise and untimely for me to make any commitment.”

First Press Conference