Monday, November 13, 2006

The oldest living American president

Gerald Ford has officially become the oldest living president in the history of the United States. While in frail health at the age of 93 he has surpassed the record set by Ronald Reagan who lived for 93 years and 120 days.

Gerald Ford was not a great president. And that is his best virtue. He was mediocre politicians and a rather average man. He had no visions of grandeur, no plan to remake the country or the world. And that was what made him a breath of fresh air. After the "Great Society" of LBJ and the corruption of Richard Nixon a mediocre man is exactly what the White House needed.