Accomplishments Of A Good President: Richard Nixon Vs. Gerald Ford

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Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford both wanted to do what was best for the Country while being president. Nixon tried to do what was best for the country by trying to step down when he felt was necessary and also by letting his vice president take his place. Gerald Ford also wanted to do what was best for the country by taking the president's place when he stepped down, upholding the laws and why he believed it was best for the country to pardon Nixon from his crimes. Nixon and his vice president Ford both showed they wanted to do good for the country. Nixon believed that his duty was done with being president, he felt he did all he could do that was best for the country and all of what the people wanted from him. In the first speech conducted by Nixon he says, “... I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Congress… I might not have the support of the Congress that I would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office …show more content…

In passage two, Address to the Nation Pardoning Richard Nixon it says, “I am sworn to uphold our laws with the help of God”(paragraph 13). Ford wanted to show the people that he wasn't going to change and be the complete opposite of what the people picked when they chose Nixon. He wanted people to know that he was going to do the right thing for the country by ‘upholding’ the laws. Ford also felt that pardoning Nixon was best for the country. In passage two Ford says, “During this long period of delay and potential litigation, ugly passions would again be aroused. And our people would again be polarized in their opinions”(paragraph 19). Ford believes that by holding charges against Nixon would only cause more of a political separation between the people of The United States, so he felt it would be best to drop the charges. This is how Ford showed he wanted to help the nation just like Nixon

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