I always like President Ford. He reminded me of my grandfather, plus he helped form my first impressions of what a president is supposed to be. I was thirteen when he became president. I remember watching his inauguration on live TV, it left a lasting impression. Once of those "where were you when" moments, at least for me.
Here is what the president has to say:
STATEMENT BY THE PRESIDENT
Laura and I are greatly saddened by the passing of former President Gerald R. Ford.
President Ford was a great American who gave many years of dedicated service to our country. On August 9, 1974, after a long career in the House of Representatives and service as Vice President, he assumed the Presidency in an hour of national turmoil and division. With his quiet integrity, common sense, and kind instincts, President Ford helped heal our land and restore public confidence in the Presidency.
The American people will always admire Gerald Ford's devotion to duty, his personal character, and the honorable conduct of his administration. We mourn the loss of such a leader, and our 38th President will always have a special place in our Nation's memory. On behalf of all Americans, Laura and I offer our deepest sympathies to Betty Ford and all of President Ford's family. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them in the hours and days ahead.
Pajama media has a good index of Gerald R. Ford links up.