The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 12, 1976 · Page 21
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 12, 1976
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Ford Palm Beach Poglt-Ti meg, Sunday, December 12, 1876 A21 From Page 1 Pick lm Own dim were in law school together." On his thoughts just before succeeding Nixon: "I felt that I was prepared to take over because of my experience in the Congress, my experience as vice president. I was confident that I was well informed. I was experienced in the handling of most domestic and international affairs ... I was fully assured within myself that I could handle the problems. "On the other hand, it was a somewhat traumatic experience because I had not anticipated becoming president up until those lost several days." His wife and children in the White House: "As a family, we are closer today than we ever have been ... we (he and Betty) consider that a real blessing because the tendency is when children get that old, they sort of drift off. The campaign really made the family a closer unit than they had ever been before." 9:1 JO to 4: 45 t the Grove WHITE GRAPEFRUIT HAMLINS TANGEL0S S2.00 $2 00 $2.10 V4 BUSHEL BUSHEL 4 BUSHEL ministration doesn't overly concentrate on that problem because if they do, they will undoubtedly lose some of the gains we have made in fighting the battle of inflation." Asked if he discussed that with Carter in the post-election meeting, Ford said, "We talked about it . in general when he was here. Yes." How does he figure history will judge his administration? Ford leaned forward and said, "We have gotten 25,000 or more letters including roughly 2,000 from people who said they voted for Mr. Carter and the consensus seems to be that historians will look upon this 2Vz years as a record of achievement during a very tough time in the United States." Ford covered these other topics. Kissinger: "I think Henry Kissinger will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state this country has ever had." Carter's selection of Cyrus Vance as Kissinger's successor: "I think it is a good appointment. I have known Cyrus Vance since we CENTURY located withm Anthony s Dept. Store CORNERS right neict door to Pubhx . . west side Open Mon. thru Sat. 9: 30 to 5: 30 IN-T0WN 2200 S Dixie Hwy., West Palm Beach LEE A. FISCHER, M.D. Announces The re-location of his office for the practice of Family Medicine FOREST HILL PROFESSIONAL PLAZA 1825 FOREST HILL BLVD., SUITE 103 WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA (N.E. Corner Forest Hill and Florida Mango Road) , , . Phone 968-7600 IIOURij by Appointment (mme ,,, ,um6Pr; Open Daily GR0I E West on . inen m Open Mon aunaay l II t-none m Igai - 9; 30 to 6 00 Closed Sunday Southern Blvd. to Hwy 441 t mile south thru Sat. B: 30 to 5: 30 ju to s: 30. an ju. .. . '7 I YOU CAN HAVE THE WHOLE EARTH BEAUTY ON SCENIC VIEW SHEETS AT GREAT SAVINGS n W TWIN FLAT OR FITTED, REG. $8 N$SU JjfigSS V - Uzl TWIN FLAT OR FITTED, REG. $8 Environmental vistas at great savings! Mountains, a panorama T VI y mm, v i - - - ' t fl I of fresh water and tree-lined lakes. Desert, tne sun snines on bright bands of splendid colors. Sheets of Kodel polyester jy 5ss" and cotton no-iron percale. Matching comforter tilled with Kodel polyester. By Burlington. Full flat or fitted, reg. $9, now 7.99 Queen flat or fitted, reg. $13, now 10.49 King flat or fitted, reg. $16, now 13.49 Standard cases, pr., reg. $7, now 5.99 King cases, pr., reg. $8, now 6.99 Twin comforter, reg. $40, now 29.99 Full comforter, reg. $50, now 39.99 Dual comforter, reg. $70, now 59.99 Domestics, at all jm stores except pompano "Oh, no," Ford replied, smiling. "I am going to be an active participant. So I will have my views known and my presence felt. I am too young to vegetate . " Asked why he lost to Carter, Ford waved his pipe and said, "I have read a lot. People have gone back and analyzed the election and I subjectively have done so, but I just don't think it is helpful to replay and say if we had done this or done that we might have won. "There are so many factors, that if the activity had been different, or this had been different, you can allege that the election result might have been different. But under the circumstances, I just don't think it is constructive to go back and be a Monday morning quarterback." Ford said he looks to the future, not the past. "That is exactly the way I feel mentally, physically. "And just because we didn't go out socially or didn't have a press conference or didn't do one or another thing is no indication of a glum-ness about the result of the elction. "As a matter of fact, we had to catch up on some sleep and we went out after the election and enjoyed ourselves in Palm Springs. We really just had a period of relaxation," he said. Ford's final transcontinental election barnstorming left him with pouchy eyes, a strained complexion, a voice barely audible. During the interview he seemed rested, in full voice, animated, trim and joking. Asked why he telephoned former President Nixon two days after the election, Ford said, "It was a combination of thiiifeK. "One, we have traditionally been concerned about Mrs. Nixon's health. And I hadn't talked to him for, what, three months, more or less, as I recall. Secondly, I was interested in his analysis of the election. "He had written me a note which was rather short but very sympathetic and understanding and I just thought it would be appropriate to get from him first-hand his appraisal of the situation." Did Ford feel he was handicapped by the way he took office - first becoming vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned, then ascending to the presidency when Nixon was turned out by Watergate? "I never felt that being an unelect-ed President had been harmful in the job that I had to do ... I never considered that a handicap," he said. Ford was asked if his granting Nixon a pardon was the kind of presidential decision-making Truman meant in saying that at the Oval Office, "the buck stops here." "I can't recall how many real, tough decisions where I was the only one that could make that decision -the pardon obviously was one. I recognized that in those tough decisions there are gray areas where you had to evaluate the pros and cons and the arguments would cross over, the arguments might be well planned, but that is part of the job." His voice rose when he discussed the future of the Republican party and his part in it. He said the nation needs a strong two-party system. "Therefore, it is important that the Republican party be alive, that it contribute at the local, state and national levels," Ford said. "1 hope to be instrumental in giving some guidance and support to the party." Ronald Reagan, whom he defeated for nomination, has called for the GOP to be a base for conservatives. Ford disagreed. "I do think I can contribute in making certain that the Republican party is broad-based, that it has an open door to people in all segments of our society. "I think the fact that I got 48, 49 per cent of the vote indicates that nearly half of the American people will support someone who has a philosophy like the one I have and that is a policy of bringing in people on a geographical, philosophical basis." Ford was asked his greatest achievement as President. He studied his pipe. In that office, his predecessor had taped the conversations that led to his resignation. Through the Oval Office windows, tourists strolled where Vietnam War protesters once had demonstrated. "I feel that during my presidency the greatest achievement was the healing of the divisiveness, the healing of the differences between the American people. "When I became President the people were angry with one another, they were disillusioned with government, there was a lack of faith in the White House and in the whole American form of government. I think the healing of America was probably the greatest achievement . . ."he said, his words trailing. He ticked off what he felt were other accomplishments: "I think that Vladivostock," where in 1974 he reached agreement with Soviet Communist party General Secretary Leonid Brezhnev to limit offensive strategic nuclear weapons, "was really an historic achievement . . . "The initiative we took in southern Africa mediating between blacks and South Africa and Rhodesia which I firmly believe will result in the success there was another breakthrough," Ford said. "The continued movement in the Middle East certainly, in my opinion, will result in a final settlement of those tough problems. If we hadn't been able to move I think the Middle East would have blown up . "Winning the battle against inflation. We are not home free, but by any standards I think we have made tremendous progress." He waved his pipe. "The one area where we haven't done as well as I had hoped and probably my greatest disappointment is we haven't made the kind of progress in unemployment that I had hoped and I think must be achieved by my successor. "I think the problem can be solved. I just hope that the new ad Always carry your jm charge! ALL . lordlaipi mwd JM STORES OPEN TODAY, SUNDAY 11 AM TO 7 PM

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