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President Ford to a young kid

It was December 1976 and I decided to write President Ford a letter. He had just lost to Gov. Jimmy Carter and I wanted to console him. I recall writing some very 9-year-old sort of things – something about how Gov. Carter was just a peanut farmer.

One day the following spring I came home to find a very official looking letter. Inside was this note. It went directly up on my wall.

I knew nothing about political correspondence at the time – I had never heard the term “autopen” – and assumed my letter had passed before his very eyes and had prompted him to write and sign this letter. Who knows, maybe he did. I will always have a special love for President Ford.

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posted December 29, 2006 at 2:12 am

Delightful and touching. Thanks for sharing.

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A non-progressive

posted December 29, 2006 at 4:55 am

Will there ever be another gentleman in the White House again?

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posted December 29, 2006 at 11:57 pm

I was struck by the humility of the little missive. The letterhead just says Gerald R. Ford, Transition Office. And, I think he actually wrote it. He was a level head.

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posted December 31, 2006 at 2:27 am

You lived on “Hoffman” lane, go figure. Probably why you got the response, ha!

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