“Today, America mourns the loss of President Gerald R. Ford, a great public servant who showed steady leadership during a turbulent time in our country’s history.
President Ford was proud of his heritage and where he grew up. Wherever he traveled, both at home and overseas, ‘Hail to the Victors’ was played, a fitting accompaniment for a son of Michigan.
As a leader in the Congress, and then in the White House, President Ford demonstrated the highest levels of integrity and decency. He counted among his friends political rivals, and he worked across the political aisle to do the people’s business. And in a dark hour for America, he brought credit and honor to the highest office of the land and restored America’s faith in itself.
Ann and I extend our deepest sympathies to Betty Ford and to President Ford’s entire family on their loss.”