19 May 2006
FORD, Gerald R. Printed document, President Gerald R. Ford, Swearing-In Ceremony for the 38th President of the United States, in the East Room at the White House on August Ninth, One Thousand Nine Hundred and Seventy Four. 1 page, folio, printed on heavy wove paper, with gold-embossed Great Seal of the United States in top left corner, and inset color photographic portrait of Ford.
"OUR LONG NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS OVER"
PRESENTATION COPY OF THIS IMPRESSIVE PRINTING OF FORD'S INAUGURAL ADDRESS (no. 83 of 175), delivered on the day of Richard Nixon's resignation from office in disgrace. Ford's short, eloquent address spoke perfectly to the battered, exhausted mood of the American public. "This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts," he said. "I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your President by your ballots, and so I ask you to confirm me as your President with your prayers....My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule....As we bind up the internal wounds of Watergate, more painful and more poisonous than those of foreign wars, let us restore the golden rule to our political process." He closed by asking the people's prayers for Richard Nixon: "May our former President, who brought peace to millions, find it for himself."
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