Saturday, January 07, 2006

State of the Union Addresses of Gerald Ford

State of the Union Addresses of Gerald Ford. President Ford is the only American President to have never been elected President or Vice-President. Despite this, he gave three State of the Union Adresses. This is more State of the Union Addresses than many elected Presidents such as Harding, Taylor, or WH Harrison.

These include:

State of the Union Address of Gerald Ford 1975
State of the Union Address of Gerald Ford 1976
State of the Union Address of Gerald Ford 1977

His last State of the Union from 1977 had much humor. It was delivered after he lost the 1976 election shortly before Jimmy Carter was sworn in. Ford noted, "This report will be my last--maybe--[laughter]--but for the Union it is only the first of such reports in our third century of independence, the close of which none of us will ever see. We can be confident, however, that 100 years from now a freely elected President will come before a freely elected Congress chosen to renew our great Republic's pledge to the Government of the people, by the people, and for the people. "

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