President Ford Seen as a Steady Political Hand

The country's 38th president has died. Gerald Ford was 93. Ford was initially seen as a caretaker for the presidency — the bridge between a disgraced Richard Nixon and the next man elected to the White House, Jimmy Carter.

But time cast a more favorable light on Ford's two-and-a-half years in office. He won praise as a man whose calm and straightforward demeanor helped steer the nation through some turbulent times.

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