Having spent his entire Washington career as a member of Congress building a reputation as a courteous and polite politician, Gerald Ford became president at a time when Americans were frustrated and distrustful of government. He sought to restore Americans’ faith in their president and deal with a Congress skeptical of presidential power in the wake of Watergate, a scandal riddled with implications of government wrongdoing and presidential misconduct. On August 9, 1974, Gerald Ford became the first president to ascend to the position due to ...

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