President Ford had a Homer Simpsonish quality as he never seemed at ease with the hand he was dealt. President Ford was dealt a bad hand a war in Vietnam, fellow travelers in the Senate obstructing the war effort and the trumped up Watergate scandal.
Any comparison of Richard Nixon's crimes and that of Bill Clinton reveals Clinton was far worse. Filegate alone was far more serious than Watergate and there is no evidence that Nixon took any money such as selling pardons via Hugh Rodham. Yet the media would do a 180 and cover up Clinton malfeasence. In the end Ford pardoned NIxon and it was the right thing to do.
Out of office President Ford got involved with Amway a major wrong. However, he is lucky in that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clintoon have engaged in odious behavior. One need not look any farther than Jimmy Peanut to see a disaster in the Whitehouse.
In many ways Ford had an everyman quality in that he appeared to have a next door neighbor quality. His falls and his bumbling were somehow endearing. Rest in Peace Mr President and you were a far better President than anyone ever gave you credit for.
Beamish in 08