Press: Thumping the Pols

To most Americans, Gerald R. Ford is a commoner of uncommon candor, an Everyman struggling manfully with the job of President. To Reporter Richard Reeves, Ford is "slow, unimaginative and not very articulate"—and none too candid either. In A Ford, Not a Lincoln (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich; $8.95), a new and widely discussed account of Ford's first 100 days, Reeves calls Ford's rise to the presidency "a triumph of lowest-common-denominator politics, the survival of the man without enemies, the least objectionable alternative." He adds: "The President of the U.S. is just another pol."


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