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Ford, Gerald R.

Gerald R. Ford – AQS on a matted photo of Chief Justice Burger administering the Presidential Oath of Office in the East Room of the White House. Ford has handwritten and signed an excerpt of his speech in blue felt marker on the matting: “I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances never before experienced by Americans. Gerald R. Ford.” In that single sentence Ford rightly proclaimed the event as one of the more dramatic times in the country’s history and a situation unique from all his White House predecessors.