THE WHITE HOUSE: Ford in Command

The party last week was not really a surprise—not with the Navy band beating out rock'n'roll, not with some 2,200 presidential aides and secretaries and third assistant deputies all crammed into the East Room of the White House—but Jerry Ford beamed and chuckled and acted just as though he had forgotten it was his own 62nd birthday. His doctor had given him a checkup and pronounced him fit, and so did Comedian Flip Wilson, who came to the party as Nurse Geraldine in a red wig and white uniform. Nobody minded that a...

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