Republican Presidential quotes from Richard M. Nixon to George W. Bush

Gerald R. Ford  38th President  1974-1977

Here are some interesting and insightful quotes from Gerald Ford:

“Things are more like today than they have ever been before.”

During the Carter-Ford debates, Ford committed a gaffe when he declared that "Eastern Europe was free." 

"I watch a lot of baseball on the radio."

"There are no historic or legal precedents to which I can turn in this matter, none that precisely fit the circumstances of a private citizen who has resigned the presidency of the United States. . . . Many months and perhaps more years will have to pass before Richard Nixon could hope to obtain a fair trial by jury . . . But it is not the ultimate fate of Richard Nixon that most concerns me . . . but the immediate future of this great country . . . . Now, therefore, I, Gerald R. Ford, president of the United States . . . have granted and do grant a full, free and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he . . . has committed or may have committed or taken part in during the period from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974."

"I am acutely aware that you have not elected me as your president by your ballots, so I ask you to confirm me with your prayers."

"I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself. That bond, though strained, is unbroken at home and abroad. In all my public and private acts as your president, I expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence that honesty is always the best policy in the end." (1974)

"I guess it just proves that in America anyone can be president."

"It can go on and on, or someone must write "The End" to it. I have concluded that only I can do that. And if I can, I must." (Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon for Watergate)

"Teddy Roosevelt . . . once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter."

"Our inflation, our public enemy number one, will, unless whipped, destroy our country, our homes, our liberties, our property and finally our national pride as surely as will an well-armed wartime enemy." (1974)

"When I talk about energy, I am talking about jobs. Our American economy runs on energy. No energy—no jobs."

"I am a Ford, not a Lincoln." (On becoming vice president, December 1973)

"When I became president, I did not want to have a powerful chief of staff. Wilson had his Colonel House, Eisenhower his Sherman Adams, Nixon his Halderman, and I was aware of the trouble those top assistants had caused my predecessors."

"If the government is big enough to give you everything you want, it is big enough to take away everything you have."

"The Constitution is the bedrock of all our freedoms; guard and cherish it; keep honor and order in your own house; and the republic will endure."

"He was one of the few political leaders I have ever met whose public speeches revealed more than his private conversations." (On Ronald Reagan)

"Truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go." (Comment during U.S. House committee hearing, 1973)

"The American people want a dialogue between them and their president . . . And if we can’t have that opportunity of talking with one another, seeing one another, shaking hands with one another, something has gone wrong in our society." (Following two assassination attempts)

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