THE PRESIDENCY by HUGH SIDEY: Oval Office Optimism

Gerald Ford, for all his and the world's troubles, has not lost his hopes for humanity. Maybe that is his real Christmas message. "I have no apologies for saying a little prayer every night, the one I have said most of my life [Proverbs 3: 5-6], and I think it expresses my feeling that somehow a higher authority is going to be helpful in giving us the directions. It is just not rational or understandable for leaders or nations to permit this world to suffer nuclear catastrophe."

Ford finds something out there that...

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