Gerald R. Ford

(Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr.)

Gerald R. Ford
Gerald R. Ford
  • Born: July 14, 1913
  • Died: December 26, 2006
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: President

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... the best public housing I've ever seen. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
[Commenting on Watergate:] Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. Political Parties & Machines
A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. Government ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A President who has served in the military is better able to serve as Commander in Chief …. I was a better President for having served … Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history. Political Parties & Machines
An impeachable offense is whatever the majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
But we cannot expect the Soviet Union to show restraint in the face of United States weakness or irresolution. As long as I am president, we will not permit detente to become a license to fish in troubled waters. Detente must be, and I trust will be, a two-way street. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Compromise is the oil that makes government go. Negotiating & Negotiations
Congress has lost its capacity to manage itself. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Dumping Rockefeller from the ticket was the most cowardly thing I have ever done. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Gentlemen, in light of this discussion, I must really leave the room. I can't stay any longer. It wouldn't be proper for me to remain. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
He’s sick. He’s got an addiction. He’s sick. He’s get a sexual addiction. He needs help. Scandals
History and experience tell us that moral progress comes not in comfortable and complacent times, but out of trial and confusion. History
Honey, there go 20 million votes, but we’ll get over it. Scandals
How can you challenge an incumbent and not be divisive? Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
How long are we going to abdicate law and order—the backbone of civilization—in favor of a soft social theory that the man who heaves a brick through your window or tosses a fire bomb into your car is simply the misunderstood and underprivileged product of a broken home? Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
I am acutely aware that I have received the votes of none of you. Voters, Voting & Elections
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. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I am indebted to no man and only one woman. My dear wife. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself ... Our long national nightmare is over. Our Constitution works. Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. Public Opinion & Polling
I don’t need polls to tell me I’m right or wrong. Public Opinion & Polling
I don't want a honeymoon with you. I want a good marriage. Intergovernmental Relations
I guess it proves that in America anyone can be President. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I have consistently opposed forced bussing to achieve integration. Discrimination & Prejudice
I have constantly opposed forced bussing to achieve integration. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I hope my order ending taping set a precedent that will end Presidential taping in the White House. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I learned a long time ago in politics, never say never. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I must say to you that the state of the Union is not good. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I was absolutely surprised when President Reagan selected [William J.t] Casey. He was not qualified to be head of the CIA.
I’m positive that the President is innocent of any involvement in Watergate Propaganda & Disinformation
I'd rather be on the sports page than on the front page. Media, Journalism & The Press
If Abraham Lincoln were alive today, he’d be rolling in his grave. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
If you’re going to be in national politics you have to maintain a thick skin. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I'm a Ford, not a Lincoln ... I am proud—very proud—to be one of 200 million Americans. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
In a political sense, there is one problem that underlies all of the others. The problem is making government sufficiently responsive to the people. Management & Managing Government
Iran is an ally of the United States. It is my feeling that we should sell arms to Iran …. Iran has been a good ally. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
It was a good election, a good campaign, and a good friend won. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Joint hearings ... destroy the check and balance that we have by having a House and Senate act independently. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Many problems go unaddressed until they become unmanageable. Miscellaneous
My motto toward the Congress is communication, conciliation, compromise, and cooperation. Intergovernmental Relations
No person employed by or acting on behalf of the United States Government shall engage in, or conspire to engage in, assassination. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
One of the enduring truths of the nation's capital is that bureaucrats survive. Bureaucracy
Out long national nightmare is over. Our constitution works. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Red tape surrounded and almost smothered us; we as a nation were about to suffocate. Bureaucracy
Rockefeller brought a lot of balance to my administration…. I wanted him on the ticked but if Rockefeller had stayed on the ticket I would probably have not gotten the nomination. Ronald Reagan would have gotten the nomination. Rockefeller made the unselfish decision to withdraw so I could win the nomination. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
Rumsfeld and Cheney and the President made a big mistake in justifying going into the war in Iraq. They put the emphasis on weapons of mass destruction. And now, I've never publicly said I thought they made a mistake, but I felt very strongly it was an error… Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Sometimes I wish I had never pardoned that son of a bitch! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Teddy Roosevelt once said, "Speak softly and carry a big stick." Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Thanks to my football experience, I know the value of team play. It is, I believe, one of the most important lessons to be learned and practiced. Management & Managing Government
The CIA would come in and paint the most scary picture possible …. We were going to be second rate; the Soviets were going to be number one. They had charts on the wall, they had figures, and their conclusion was that in 10 years, the United States would be behind the Soviet Union in military capability, in economic growth. It was a scary presentation. The facts were 180 degrees wrong. These were the best people we had, the CIA’s so-called experts. Propaganda & Disinformation
The founders designed a government in which it was easier to do nothing than it was to do a great deal all at once. Legislating & Legislative Process
The paid political campaign managers are the problem [with modern campaigns.] They are overpaid for doing the wrong things. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The toughest part of being President is that you have to be available 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The veto forces Congress to take another look at legislation that has been passed… Legislating & Legislative Process
The veto is a President’s Constitutional right, given to him by the drafters of the Constitution because they wanted it as a check against irresponsible Congressional action. The veto forces Congress to take another look at legislation that has been passed. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
The White House staff [under Richard Nixon] viewed Congress in much the same way that the chairman of the board of a huge corporation regards his regional sales managers. Intergovernmental Relations
Theodore Roosevelt understood that unregulated monopoly could pose an even greater threat than unrestrained government. Business, Commerce & Finance
There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe, and there never will be under a Ford administration. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
There is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people’s urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together. Nationalism & Treason ;Citizenship & Patriotism
Trust is leveling with people before the election about what you're going to do after the election. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Truth is the glue that holds government together. Compromise is the oil that makes governments go. Management & Managing Government
Washington is a mirror reflecting our instinct. Public Opinion & Polling
Washington is not the problem; the Congress is the problem. Legislating & Legislative Process
We now know what we should have known then--not only was that evacuation wrong, but Japanese-Americans were and are loyal Americans. Discrimination & Prejudice
We will never again permit any foreign nation to have Uncle Sam over a barrel of oil. Energy
Weakness invites war. Defense & National Security
Well, if the Teamsters and the truckers are against it, it must be a pretty good bill. Regulation & Deregulation
When a man is asked to make a speech, the first thing he has to decide is what to say. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
When I was president, I said I was a Ford, not a Lincoln. Well what we have now is a convertible Dodge Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Wherever I go, I get a sense of longing for community and the desire on the part of grassroots citizens to be part of something bigger and far nobler than themselves. This attitude is particularly evident among the young, many of whom feel deprived of a great cause in which to enlist. . Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Whip Inflation Now Slogans & Mottoes
With the stroke of a pen the political cartoonist can affect public policy. Media, Journalism & The Press
You can’t take the hard-line NRA position. That’s a loser. Guns & Gun Control
A coalition of groups is waging a massive propaganda campaign against the president of the United States. an all-out attack. Their aim is total victory for themselves and total defeat for him.
All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future. Future
An American tragedy in which we all have played a part.
Even though this is late in an election year, there is no way we can go forward except together and no way anybody can win except by serving the people's urgent needs. We cannot stand still or slip backwards. We must go forward now together.
For millions of men and women, the church has been the hospital for the soul, the school for the mind and the safe depository for moral ideas. Women
I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.
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 cannot imagine any other country in the world where the opposition would seek, and the chief executive would allow, the dissemination of his most private and personal conversations with his staff, which, to be honest, do not exactly confer sainthood on anyone concerned.
I had a lot of experience with people smarter than I am.
I had pro offers from the Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers, who were pretty hard up for linemen in those days. If I had gone into professional football the name Jerry Ford might have been a household word today. Sports & Athletics
I have had a lot of adversaries in my political life, but no enemies that I can remember. Life
I know I am getting better at golf because I am hitting fewer spectators. Sports & Athletics
I love sports. Whenever I can, I always watch the Detroit Tigers on the radio. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Sports & Athletics
I watch a lot of baseball on the radio.
I would hope that understanding and reconciliation are not limited to the 19th hole alone. Hope
If Lincoln were alive today, he'd be turning over in his grave.
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.
It's the quality of the ordinary, the straight, the square, that accounts for the great stability and success of our nation. It's a quality to be proud of. But it's a quality that many people seem to have neglected. Success
My commitment to the security and future of Israel is based upon basic morality as well as enlightened self-interest. Our role in supporting Israel honors our own heritage. Future
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is over.
Our constitution works. Our great republic is a government of laws, not of men. Government
Our great Republic is a government of laws and not of men. Here, the people rule. Government
Teddy Roosevelt... once said, 'Speak softly and carry a big stick.' Jimmy Carter wants to speak loudly and carry a fly swatter.
Tell the truth, work hard, and come to dinner on time. Truth ;Time ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The pat on the back, the arm around the shoulder, the praise for what was done right and the sympathetic nod for what wasn't are as much a part of golf as life itself. Life
The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election.
There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things. Government ;Families, Children & Parenting
Things are more like today than they have ever been before.
Truth is the glue that holds government together. Truth ;Government