The Nation: The Making of a Fighting Speech

It is no mystery why Gerald Ford's acceptance speech was the best of his presidency and perhaps of his career. He and his staff had never worked harder on a speech or devoted more time to it. It was in a way a Fourth of July inspiration. Buoyed by the Bicentennial celebration, newly confident about his chances of winning a presidential term on his own, Ford on July 5 called for work to start on a fighting speech that would boldly confront the issues of his "accidental" presidency.

Robert Hartmann, White House Counsellor and chief...

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