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Date published: 2006/12/27

The BBC says:

US President George W Bush has paid tribute to former President Gerald Ford, who has died at the age of 93.

Speaking from his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Mr Bush remembered President Ford as a "gentleman who reflected the best in America's character".

Mr Ford was never elected president but took office after Richard Nixon quit over the Watergate scandal in 1974.

He served for two years but lost to Jimmy Carter in 1976, a year after the US accepted defeat in the Vietnam War.

In a televised address, Mr Bush said Americans "came to know President Ford as a man of complete integrity".

Gerald Ford will be remembered for only a few things. He was the only president who was never elected by the entire electorate to any office (all other presidents either being elected as president or as vice-president). He pardoned Nixon (no doubt one of the criteria Nixon had when he appointed Ford after his original vice-president, Spiro Agnew, had to resign for being a crook). On the plus side, he was a better man than the jerks who run the Republican party these days.

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