Pratfalls of the Presidency

It was almost enough to take one back to the days when Gerald Ford fell off a plane ramp and Americans began wondering about their President. Had he forgotten to wear his football helmet back in college? Could he walk and chew gum at the same time? First, Ford nonchalantly knocked a tape recorder off the lectern while making a speech. Next, he and Edward Bennett Williams crashed into each other as the Washington attorney was leaving the podium. Once when a plate smashed to the floor, Ford's spokesman Bob Barrett took the microphone to tell the room, "That wasn't him....

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