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RIP Gerald Ford

Reported on the BBC this morning. No cause of death given as yet.

By far the best US President never to have been elected, and one that could teach the current incumbent a few things.


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Does being old not count as a cause of death ?

I always got the impression he was a decent bloke. What was he doing hanging around with Nixon, Kissinger and Agnew?

I suspect the Republicans saw him as a "safe pair of hands" after Agnew's resignation, not realising Nixon would shortly head the same way. On the other hand, Ford was part of the Warren Commission, so maybe he threatened to publish a photo of the guy on the grassy knoll.

I had no idea he was still alive. This seems to be my usual response to famous deaths of late.

"With his quiet integrity, commonsense and kind instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the presidency," Mr Bush said.

Oh, the terrible, terrible irony.

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