There seriously must be something in the air this year. Significant people seem to be dropping like flies. True, a lot of them are older and their time was probably up anyway, but still. Another one joins the list today when former President Gerald Ford died at the age of 93.
Ford had the unceremonious job of following up Richard Nixon and his scandal-ridden presidency. He earned a spot in the history books as the only unelected president in our nation's history. At first, I didn't fully understand that. Wasn't Lyndon B. Johnson also unelected when he took over for Kennedy when JFK was assassinated? I guess what is meant by that pertaining to Ford was Nixon appointed him vice-president when Spiro Agnew resigned as well. As a result, Ford became president when Nixon resigned.
I'm too young to remember any of that scandal in its prime. Actually, I wasn't even born yet. However, from what I read about it, it always fascinated me that Ford gave Nixon a full pardon when EVERYBODY knew he was a crook. That's our lovely government at work I guess. At any rate, rest in peace, Mr. President.