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POTUS Dots on My Timeline: Ford and Carter

POTUS Dots from Eisenhower to Kennedy to Johnson and Nixon to …

  • Similar to my previous post, combining these next two POTUS Dots also.

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38th POTUS, Gerald Ford (1974 – 1977)

Served as Vice-President with Nixon and was then elected as President. He pardoned Nixon and some of US were not too happy about that. The overall sentiment went something like:

  • Dirty rotten crooked scoundrel politicians!! Q)Y*X}{@#!R{(TB# … Good old boys network! … (&_R #c ybB6T-!!& &% … etc.

Nothing else memorable to report about this administration. Either it was a quiet time or he was a quiet man. Not in the spotlight very often. (O.o)

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39th POTUS, Jimmy Carter (1977 – 1981)

What with Watergate Scandal, Spiro WHO?, and Ford WHO?, and then a Presidential pardon after all of the uproar … the American people started asking a different type of “WHO” question:

  • “WHO out there is an honest politician?”

Someone suggested:

  • “Well there is this peanut farmer who goes to church every Sunday.”

Americans are like: “Fine! Vote him in!”

After all, he can't be any worse than a dishonest politician. Right?

The mild-mannered Mr. Carter encouraged energy conservation; and he was (and still is) a principled man of peace who succeeded in getting two political leaders of countries – not known for being BFFs – Israel and Egypt - to actually shake hands and publicly agree on a peace accord. Regardless of what actually happened after that, he meant it for good .

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DWDavisRSL wrote on January 18, 2016, 5:18 PM

You can probably tell I'm a school teacher. I need to point out that Gerald Ford was never elected President. He is the only person ever to serve as President who was never elected as either Vice President or President. He was chosen by Nixon to simply fill Agnew's shoes until the end of Nixon's second term, at which time he was to fade away quietly. Instead, the Watergate scandal broke, Nixon resigned, and Ford ascended to the Presidency, an office for which he was woefully unprepared.

Jimmy Carter wasn't so much elected President as he was carried into office by a strong surge of anti-Washington sentiment in this country. In the wake of high oil prices following the OPEC Oil Embargo of 1973-74, he proposed a lot of good ideas about seeking alternate energy sources. But his stance that Americans needed to acclimate themselves to a lower standard of living than they'd become used to upset a lot of people. Carter was also cursed with the horrible economy that resulted from the Embargo, though he inherited that problem from Nixon and Ford. Carter's greatest accomplishment, as you pointed out, was the Camp David Peace Accord between Egypt and Israel. Probably his greatest failing was in how he reacted to the Iranian takeover of the US Embassy in the fall of 1979, and the resulting 444 days our people spent in that country as hostages.

JohnRoberts wrote on January 18, 2016, 7:55 PM

Ford barely makes a blip om conscious except for the Nixon pardon and assassination attempt. Carter is very vivid. In fact I saw him in person when he was campaigning.

markgraham wrote on January 19, 2016, 3:07 PM

I was only in elementary school during these presidencies and I do not remember much, but Carter was the president that walked during his Inauguration Day.

cmoneyspinner wrote on January 22, 2016, 11:09 AM

Now that you mention these events, they are a vague memory for me. When it all passed the only thing I came to associate Ford with just being "put there" to fill a void. Somebody's gotta be president! The main thing I remember about Carter is how people had come to think or feel like all politicians were dishonest and when they did something crooked they called on somebody they knew who would help cover their tracks.

cmoneyspinner wrote on January 22, 2016, 11:11 AM

Ford barely left a mark in my psyche as POTUS. Carter's credit is that he genuinely tried to be a good POTUS and world leader.

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FLUKE!! Tried to post these comments at the post about Johnson and Nixon but for some reason my computer screen kept blanking and the comments wouldn't post.

- JohnRoberts , DWDavisRSL – The Vietnam War was a super HOT topic. Can remember many celebrities weighing in on it. For me it was sort of touchy because of the draft and many young men being called to duty who had just barely got out of high school. Some of the guys I knew came back home really messed up!

- JohnRoberts , DWDavisRSL , MegL – The Nixon administration was just “Watergate! Watergate! Watergate!” It overshadowed everything else he did. Wasn't until later on – after he was no longer POTUS - that I realized he was good at foreign policy and helped improve relations with China.

markgraham – So you can at least say that at this point you had already survived several presidents, regardless of their decisions and policies. Life carries on and on and on … :) (Can't post reply to your comment. (O.o) )

Great comments everybody!

Last Edited: January 22, 2016, 11:16 AM