Historic Video Archives
President Gerald R. Ford spoke of the post-Vietnam War America which needed to not look back but move forward to better their country and that “the true source of American power, was the people’s belief in America”
In his second appearance before a Joint Session of Congress, President Gerald R. Ford presented to Congress a message from the American people; that the people believed the economy was in need real attention, inflation needed to be tamed and that Congress must work together with his Administration to deliver leadership
A week after President Ford gave Richard Nixon a full pardon, he takes questions from the media on his reasons for the pardon, Nixon audio tapes and the effort to reconcile divisions in the country
President Gerald R. Ford asked his Administration to review those individuals who were convicted, charged, investigated or were still being sought as Vietnam War Era Draft Evaders or Military Deserters and wanted to give those individuals a “chance to earn their return to the mainstream of America society”
One month after becoming President, Gerald R. Ford proclaimed a pardon for former President Richard Nixon regarding his actions involving the Watergate scandal, a politically damaging decision for Ford, but a decision of integrity for the nation to move beyond Watergate and heal the nation’s wounds
Gerald R. Ford made his first appearance at the U.S. Capitol as President of the United States during a Joint Session of Congress and began his remarks with “My fellow Americans, we have a lot of work to do. My former colleagues, you and I have a lot of work to do. Let’s get on with it”
Following the resignation of Richard Nixon and the country reeling from Watergate, mounting Cold War tensions and economic issues domestically, Gerald R. Ford, the man from Michigan, becomes the 38th President.