Wasn't it indeed wonderful we had peace and harmony between both sides of the aisles? We had total agreement that President Ford was a great American and deserving of our praise and honor. Wish it were always so. Of course, the center of the controversy in 1974-75 was the pardon of President Nixon. Ford took office with an approval rating of 71 percent, but that was quick to change.
The Democrats wanted Nixon's head and the mainstream media was beating the war drums for impeachment and a criminal trial of a living president. Watergate for four years had torn this country apart and another four years of this may have torn our national fiber. When Ford pardoned Nixon he had no support from the national media. In fact, he was berated daily. Ford's pardon was described as a further cover up, a secret deal with Nixon, more Watergate, etc. A noted historian, Richard Reeves, helped fashion Ford's image as a bungler. Reeves has since changed his view of history. The attacks on Ford by the main stream media along with Hollywood was vicious and constant. The "New York Times", the flagship of the left wing press said, "the pardon as a profoundly unwise, divisive and unjust act, that in a stroke had destroyed the new president's credibility as a a man of judgement, candor and competence."
Chevy Chase, who was No. 1 at the time, often did pratfalls on "Saturday Night Live," imitating Ford as a stumbling mumbling fool. Since everyone else has changed their view of history, I wonder how Chase would view Ford today?
Anyway, after the press and Hollywood got done with Ford, his approval rating went from 71 percent to 37 percent. We have to remember there was no Rush Limbaugh or Bill O'Reilly around to counter attack the main stream media.
Anyway, history has been corrected and all characters who played on the stage in 1974 have recanted their views, even Ted Kennedy and "The New York Times." The last liberal warrior to change his view of history was Bob Woodward, the libs great hero of Watergate. Woodward recently confessed on Larry King that it took him 20 years to change his view of the pardon. 20 years! What a great historian you are, Mr. Woodward. But alas, we now have peace in our land and agreement that Ford was a noble and brave man to grant the pardon and put Watergate to rest.