Thursday, October 12, 2006

Death watch: Gerald Ford

The perceived clumsiness of President Gerald Ford provided the nation with much needed comic relief in the aftermath of Watergate and Vietnam.

Ford did take a famous
tarmac tumble during his presidency, but in reality the former All-American college football star was probably the best athlete to ever grace the White House.

In his old age Ford is also proving to be exceptionally sure-footed in what matters most -- staying alive.

today, the 38th President has been hospitalized at least four times in the past year. Heart procedures and pneumonia would fell most 93 year olds, but Ford keeps ticking and breathing and is usually back at his home in Rancho Mirage, CA relatively quickly.

Gerald Ford might be the only president in US history to hold the office without being elected president or vice president but, in terms of gracefully surviving the death watch crosshairs, Ford is number one in our book.

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