THE WHITE HOUSE: Ford Makes His First Foray Overseas

The first hundred days of his presidency were blighted by raging inflation, deepening recession and, after a good beginning, growing doubts about his ability to lead the nation. As a result, both friends and foes urged Gerald Ford to stay in Washington this week and work on the domestic problems that had piled up while campaigned uphill for Republicans the recent elections. But Ford felt a commitment to make his first trip abroad as President. During the eight-day journey, he planned to reassure Japan and South Korea about continuing U.S support and...

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