Schwarzenegger issues statement
on President Ford's passing
Bay City News Service
December 27, 2006
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger lamented the loss of Gerald Ford,
the 38th President of the United States late Tuesday night, calling
Ford "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."
"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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