THE ADMINISTRATION: Making It Easier for the New Man

Gerald Ford's last week in office was in keeping with his first. Now as then, he was determined to provide continuity in Government and reassure the American people. "In sum," said he in his final State of the Union address, "I can report that the state of the union is good."

Ford promised not to infringe on Jimmy Carter's responsibilities, "but rather to wish him the very best in all that is good for our country. I wanted the new President to get off to an easier start than I had." Ford lived up to that pledge in drafting the...

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