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A Time to Heal—Gerald Ford’s America

President Ford provides reflections on his life during this documentary. He discusses what Grand Rapids, Michigan meant to him and his family, his time in Washington, D.C. as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and participating in key American foreign affairs decisions such as the S.A.L.T. Treaty with the U.S.S.R.

Remarks on Signing Proclamation Granting Pardon to Richard Nixon

President Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974 following the resignation of Richard Nixon. One month later, from the Oval Office, President Ford proclaimed a pardon for the former President regarding his actions involving the Watergate scandal. While there was controversy surrounding the decision, President Ford knew that pardoning Nixon was the only way to avoid a lengthy, public trial, if a fair trial for Nixon was even possible. More importantly, President Ford knew that the pardon was the right decision to move the country past Watergate, to restore integrity to the Executive Branch and to concentrate efforts on solving the nation’s issues.

Oath of Office and Remarks as President of the United States

On the morning of August 9, 1974 Gerald Rudolph Ford walked the halls of The White House as Vice President, and that evening as the 38th President of the United States of America. President Ford had not campaigned for either the Vice Presidency or Presidency but following President Richard Nixon’s resignation, President Ford acknowledged that he “had not sought this enormous responsibility, but will not shirk it”.

Remarks announcing a Program for the Return of Vietnam Era Draft Evaders and Military Deserters

In his first week as President, Gerald R. Ford asked his Administration to review those who were convicted, charged, investigated or were still being sought as Vietnam War Era Draft Evaders or Military Deserters. President Ford wanted to give those individuals a “chance to earn their return to the mainstream of America society” and “bind up the nations wounds” with the Vietnam War over. One month later, while believing penalties should fit the seriously of the individual’s offenses, President Ford created both a clemency board to review those previously found guilty and allowed for a 24 months alternate military service program for individuals to begin to bind up the nation’s wounds.

Republican National Convention Presidential Nomination Acceptance Speech

President Gerald R. Ford appeared on the grand stage of the 1976 Republican National Convention to graciously accept the GOP nomination for President on August 19 in Kansas City, Missouri. Pledging to win the campaign in every region of the country, from Minnesota to Georgia “with pride, with gratitude, and with a total will to win a great victory for the American people”, Ford addressed the audience.

Betty Ford: The Real Deal

Betty Ford: The Real Deal, a one-hour biography which aired in March 2009 on PBS, tells the story of this outspoken and influential first lady from her childhood to her post– White House days. Interviews with family members, friends, historians, and Betty Ford herself reflect on her life as a political spouse and her involvement with breast cancer and substance abuse treatment and awareness.

Interactive Video Lessons

PlayPosit is an online learning environment designed to create and share interactive video lessons. Our education team has created the following videos for use in your classroom. Each video has embedded questions and prompts intended for class discussion or individual response. Project for a whole-class experience or have students work independently and at their own pace.

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President Ford Issues Pardon of President Nixon

President Gerald R. Ford became the 38th President of the United States on August 9, 1974 following the resignation of Richard Nixon. One month later, from the Oval Office, President Ford proclaimed a pardon for the former President regarding his actions involving the Watergate scandal. While there was controversy surrounding the decision, President Ford knew that pardoning Nixon was the only way to avoid a lengthy, public trial, if a fair trial for Nixon was even possible. More importantly, President Ford knew that the pardon was the right decision to move the country past Watergate, to restore integrity to the Executive Branch and to concentrate efforts on solving the nation’s issues. Students will watch President Ford’s televised speech in which he gives his remarks regarding the pardon and will be asked to respond to questions and prompts relating to the topic.

Please note: Clicking these links will take you to the PlayPosit site where you will be asked to enter a first and last name and join an automatically generated class to view the videos. 

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Betty Ford: The Real Deal

Betty Ford: The Real Deal, a one-hour biography which aired in March 2009 on PBS, tells the story of this outspoken and influential first lady from her childhood to her post– White House days. Interviews with family members, friends, historians, and Betty Ford herself reflect on her life as a political spouse and her involvement with breast cancer and substance abuse treatment and awareness. Students will be asked to respond to questions and prompts regarding Mrs. Ford’s life, her motivations, and the culture of the era in which she lived.

Please note: Clicking these links will take you to the PlayPosit site where you will be asked to enter a first and last name and join an automatically generated class to view the videos.