President Ford was the first president I remember. He was from my native state of Michigan which makes me proud. Ford reminded us all of a time when the Republican party was (in the words of another President) a kindler, gentler party. This plain spoken man from Grand Rapids helped this nation at a very dark time.
The GOP of today is a vastly different party than it was as embodied in Ford. It's my hope that as the GOP tries to find its way, that they will look back at Ford with his moderation and prudence as a template for the future.
May God be with you, Mr. President.