"I told you I was a Ford, not a Lincoln. Tonight I say I am still a Ford, but I am not a Model T." Pres. Gerald Ford, August 12, 1974
Those humble words were spoken by President Gerald Ford days after President Nixon resigned and Ford assumed the presidency. President Ford passed away this week, but his important role in history will be long remembered.
If you'd like to read more about Jerry Ford (who was also a Wolverine football player), you might consider these books:
The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford by John Robert Greene;
A Ford, Not a Lincoln by Richard Reeves;
Time and Chance: Gerald Ford's Appointment with History by James Cannon.
And, if you're interested in Betty Ford- including her courageous struggle with drug addiction- take a look at Betty: A Glad Awakening by Betty Ford with Chris Chase, or First Lady's Lady by Sheila Rabb Weidenfeld.
Also, check out First Mothers: The Women Who Shaped the Presidents by Bonnie Angelo, for a really fascinating account of Ford's mother and childhood.