Feinstein issues statement
on President Ford's passing
President Gerald R. Ford, RIP, takes a final phone call from then
Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, bringing him up to date
on the situation in Vietnam, 4/28/75.
Photo courtesy National
Archives and Records Administration
Bay City News Service
December 27, 2006
Calling the former president "a man of distinction, honor
and decency," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., released a
statement today on the Tuesday evening death of Gerald Ford.
"Gerald Ford did not seek the presidency, but it was thrust
upon him. And as he said, he did not 'shirk' those responsibilities.
He helped heal the nation and close the wounds of the past,"
Senator Dianne Feinstein
The senator also offered her condolences to Ford's widow Betty
and the Ford family.
"President Ford will be remembered for putting the good
of the nation above his own personal, political forums. It is
this type of public service that should be a model for all who
Ford, the 38th president of the United States, died at 6:45 p.m.
at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif. His cause of death has not
yet been released.
Earlier today, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger lamented the loss of
Ford, calling him "a man whose integrity, strength of character
and commitment to this nation distinguished him as one of our
most selfless leaders."
Schwarzenegger said in a statement that Ford devoted his life
to public service, "defending this nation in the U.S. Navy
during World War II and representing the people of Michigan in
Congress for 25 years."
Ford replaced former President Richard Nixon after Nixon resigned
following his role in the Watergate scandal.
"In a time of national crisis, America turned to Gerald
Ford," said Schwarzenegger, adding Ford "accepted the
enormous responsibilities of the presidency during a dark hour
in our history, fully knowing the daunting challenge he faced."
Schwarzenegger said, "No man could have been better suited
to the task of healing our nation and restoring faith in our government."
According to Schwarzenegger, "President Ford's leadership
was marked by his selflessness. He made the most difficult of
choices based entirely on what he believed to be in the best interest
of his country and its people, the mark of history's greatest
Schwarzenegger called Ford a "great American" and expressed
his family's sincerest condolences to the Ford family saying,
"We owe Gerald Ford a debt of gratitude for his unfailing
devotion to duty, for always putting his country before himself,
and for accepting an extraordinarily difficult task with grace
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