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The Presidency: A Personal Perspective

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Gerald Ford, From the WPA Film Library Speeches Collection [electronic resource]

This collection of significant speeches given by Gerald Ford covers his brief tenure as president, from his sudden elevation to the presidency upon the resignation of Richard Nixon through to the end of his short term in office.

Les Hommes de la Maison Blanche: Conversations Avec les Hommes du Président

"Bay of Pigs to the Gulf War, to Vietnam, Iran-Contra or the Berlin Wall fell, the secret history of American diplomacy through the testimony of "the President's Men." They are secretaries of state, directors of the CIA or the NSC, or personal advisers Chiefs of Staff, all speak freely and without waffling on foreign policy of the United States for over fifty years." -- Amazon.
2009; 2000
Clemons (Stacks)

Gerald R. Ford [electronic resource]: 11/09/75

When in office for just over a year, Gerald Ford became the first sitting president ever to appear on Meet the Press. In this edition, President Ford speaks candidly about the issues facing his administration. Topics of discussion include his major accomplishments; the nation's mood at the outset of the post-Watergate/post-Vietnam era; the state of detente between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.; budgetary and economic challenges facing the country; his views on George H. W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and Ronald Reagan; and his optimism about winning the 1976 election. Introduced by Tim Russert.
2008; 2007

The Presidency [electronic resource]: A Personal Perspective

The President of the United States arguably holds the most powerful and influential role in the world. He is faced with the challenge of leading the country and responding to the critical domestic issues of the day, while at the same time serving as a world leader with responsibility for action on global issues. This program explores the very demanding role of the president through the personal insights of former president Gerald Ford; former presidential advisor Roger Porter, who served presidents Ford, Reagan, and Bush; and Washington Post columnist David Broder.

In Conversation With the Presidents' Men [electronic resource]

Alexander Haig: Served under 6 U.S. Presidents: military attachée to Gen. McArthur during the Korean War; Chief of Staff under Richard Nixon, Commander of Chief of Nato for 6 years; Personal advisor to Lyndon B Johnson and Gerald Ford, Secretary of Stte under Ronald Reagan (83 to 85). Based on the 3-part documentary Secrets Of State, this behind-the-scene series uncovers the secret history of American diplomacy - from the Bay of Pigs to Vietnam or the Gulf War - through talks with the most influential men behind the presidents. Whether they occupied the posts of Secretary of Sate, Director of the NSC or the CIA, this is an account in their own words of their actions, their points of view. A fascinating insight into US foreign policy. -- Arthur Schlesinger: Personal advisor to John F [...]

We the People: The President and the Constitution

Series of interviews record the observations of Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan about the office of the Presidency and its place in the constitutional framework of American government.
Ivy (By Request)

Modern U.S. History Unit Three 1969-1981: From Cold War to Hostage Crisis

Examines the Nixon, Ford and Carter years, as the U.S. withdraws from Vietnam and reopens relations with China. America is shaken by the Watergate scandal, the rise of OPEC and the collapse of detente. Carter takes significant steps toward peace in the Middle East with the Camp David Agreement but confronts a prolonged hostage crisis in Iran.

Vietnam Interview [electronic resource]: Gerald Ford

Gerald R. Ford had been president of the United States for nine months when in 1975, Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, fell to the North Vietnamese, effectively ending US military involvement in Vietnam. He frames the closing of the war in terms of diplomacy--both between the United States and the South Vietnam and between the executive branch and Congress. He also recalls the decisions necessary to an orderly evacuation of South Vietnam, consisting not just of American soldiers and materials but thousands of South Vietnamese considered to be targets of the advancing North Vietnamese. Lastly, he links failures in US policy toward Vietnam with those toward Cambodia.

Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford Debate (9/23/1976) [electronic resource]

President Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter engage in the first of their series of Presidential debates in 1976 at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, the first Presidential debates since Kennedy-Nixon. This debate on domestic policy focuses on the challenges of combatting both inflation and unemployment. There is little direct clash over Watergate, but at the thematic level there is much discussion of restoring trust in government and confidence in America. This film includes ABC news coverage during a 28-minute delay due to a breakdown in audio at the Walnut Street Theater.
2015; 1976

Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford Debate (10/6/1976) [electronic resource]

In this October 6, 1976 NPR debate, presidential candidates Governor Jimmy Carter and President Gerald Ford debate foreign policy and military defense topics. They respond to press questions about their positions on government transparency and regaining the trust of Americans; the SALT Negotiations and nuclear non-proliferation efforts; arms deals and military aid to the Middle East; the morality of foreign intervention; normalizing relations with China; and bilateral relations.
2015; 1976

Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford Debate (10/22/1976) [electronic resource]

In this October 1976 debate between President Ford and Governor Carter, the presidential candidates address U.S. domestic matters. Ford and Carter highlight their positions on the environment, constitutional amendments, gun control, Supreme Court appointments, and the economy.
2015; 1976

The American President: Episode 8 Compromise Choices [electronic resource]

With the rise of political parties came political compromise. Many nominees were selected because they were less offensive to some voters than those who might have been the better candidates. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't. This episode profiles Franklin Pierce, James Garfield, Warren Harding and Gerald Ford.
2005; 2000