The Library with the Plaque

Trip Start Oct 06, 2012
Trip End Nov 06, 2012

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Flag of United States  , Michigan
Saturday, October 20, 2012

By: Tukea Pierce

(Edited By Hope Alexander)

Cody, Hope, and I just visited the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. We came in hoping to learn some more information about him - what he was like and what he did as the president. We also learned a little bit about what it was like for Ford to come in mid-term.

   We got our tickets and entered the Gerald Ford Inauguration room. Under a video of Fords inauguration speech a plaque reads, “Mr. Ford was so liked by the public that he received plaques, busts, and sculptures to show their admiration for his presidency. Most of the gift that he had received were from many organizations, associations, businesses, and other groups. Even athletes and different sports teams signed balls, bats, gloves, and other sports equipment, which they sent to the White House.”

It is an honor, a true honor, to have been there. I can only imagine how it felt to have my life change so quickly to handle such a large responsibility. First, Richard Nixon stepped down and Gerald Ford became vice president to Spiro Agnew, Richard Nixon’s vice president, and before long, he was being sworn into office! Gerald Ford accepted a great responsibility in a short amount of time, and for that he is unique. He became the first and only, so far, president to be inaugurated without being elected as president or vice president, and the museum gave me a great sense of his power.

 I would tell our future president to remember his responsibilities - and how easily they can be taken away. To be the president of this great country is not only a right, it is also a privilege. You must be responsible not only for yourself, but for the citizens of the United States. As you are making decisions, think of who they will affect beyond the white house.

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