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Gerald Ford, R.I.P.

The main thing I recall about the Ford presidency–the first presidency I lived right through here in the USA–was how normal the guy was.  Richard Nixon was an admirable chief executive in many ways (and not, in other), but you could never shake off the feeling that there was something slightly odd about him.  Carter was, and is, a USA Grade A freak, out of Aimee Semple McPherson by Noam Chomsky.  Ford was an interim of sheer ordinariness–uncomplicated, likeable, competent, and patriotic.  You can’t even imagine him “struggling with inner demons,” nor even having any.  He was, as we used to say back in 1975, “together.”  He gave the impression of having been born that way.  A great American. 

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