He was a competent man and pulled America out of the Watergate mess. I know he pardoned Nixon, but Nixon learned his lesson anyway. No one really wants a president in jail. He had to resign in humilatilion, isn't that enough? Everyone needs to be forgiven, like the Lord says. And Ford couldn't govern with the Watergate trials going on. Ford finished the American witdrawal from Saigon. He tried to get America out of the recession but couldn't control it. He tried to get his budget ideas through, but the short-sighted Democrats wouldn't let him. The big tax cuts he proposed would have been perfect for the recession of the mid 70s. Although he wasn't the most charmastic speaker, he got his message though. What-you-see-is-what-you-get was a classic style of his. He was clumsy at times yes, notably for the many times he fell down the stairs of Airforce One. But everyone falls now and again. It was pathetic how much the press kicked on his clumsiness. Still I guess it's alittle embarassing when the leader of the free world falls down the stairs of his own airplane. Gerald Ford was a good president and should have won the election of 1976 against Jimmy Carter. He's one of my favourite and highly rated presidents.