President Ford re-examined

Of course the death of every US president invokes a flood of media coverage "looking back" on his life, and sometimes the consensus about...

Of course the death of every US president invokes a flood of media coverage "looking back" on his life, and sometimes the consensus about his work and its impact has changed quite a bit since the president first left office.

Gerald Ford's legacy, like Harry Truman's on a smaller scale, seems to have improved with time. He may have pardoned Nixon, a questionable decision according to some people, but he also brought some stability and goodwill to the office of the presidency at a time when it was sorely needed.

Perhaps former presidents like George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, along with the current occupant of the White House, are following the retrospective coverage extra closely, if they are in fact as concerned about their legacy as their confidants are always quoted as saying.

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