Our Presidents

Jul 10

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Gerald R. Ford walks with Darrell Johnson, manager of the Boston Red Sox, and George “Sparky” Anderson, manager of the Cincinnati Reds, before the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7/13/76.
-from the Ford Library 

Gerald R. Ford walks with Darrell Johnson, manager of the Boston Red Sox, and George “Sparky” Anderson, manager of the Cincinnati Reds, before the start of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 7/13/76.

-from the Ford Library 

President Eisenhower throws out the first ball at a game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.  To Ike’s right are Senators manager Bucky Harris and Yankees manager Casey Stengel.  4/13/54.
-from the Eisenhower Library

President Eisenhower throws out the first ball at a game between the New York Yankees and the Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C.  To Ike’s right are Senators manager Bucky Harris and Yankees manager Casey Stengel.  4/13/54.

-from the Eisenhower Library

We’ve made it to Thursday! How about some summer baseball photos?
President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball at the 32nd All-Star Baseball Game, on this day in 1962.
Speaker of the House John W. McCormack, Dave Powers, Vice President Johnson, President Kennedy, Commisioner of Baseball Ford. C. Frick, Lawrence O’Brien, others ( in foreground- Dennis Marcel, Frank Brown, members of the Washington Boys Club ). Washington, D.C., 7/10/1962.
-from the JFK Library

We’ve made it to Thursday! How about some summer baseball photos?

President John F. Kennedy throws out the first ball at the 32nd All-Star Baseball Game, on this day in 1962.

Speaker of the House John W. McCormack, Dave Powers, Vice President Johnson, President Kennedy, Commisioner of Baseball Ford. C. Frick, Lawrence O’Brien, others ( in foreground- Dennis Marcel, Frank Brown, members of the Washington Boys Club ). Washington, D.C., 7/10/1962.

-from the JFK Library

Jul 09

“The Government’s environmentally related activities have grown up piecemeal over the years. The time has come to organize them rationally and systematically.” —

-President Richard Nixon

Special Message to Congress to Establish the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

July 9, 1970

Jul 08

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On this day, July 8, 1975, Ford Officially Announced his Candidacy.  During the primaries, President Ford faced a strong challenge by Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. He prevailed, and chose Senator Robert Dole of Kansas as his running mate.
Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter presented another tough contest in the general election. 
As November 2 neared polls showed that President Ford had succeeded in narrowing Carter’s large lead. The race had been neck and neck throughout the campaign but the election returns revealed that Carter pulled ahead to win with 297 electoral votes to Ford’s 241. 
President Ford called his opponent to offer his congratulations and, since his voice was nearly gone, Betty Ford read his concession statement to the nation.During the balance of his administration President Ford worked on the 1978 budget, delivered his final State of the Union speech, and strove to facilitate a smooth transition. 
On January 20, 1977, President Carter began his inaugural address with a special recognition: “For myself and for our nation I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land.” Pictured: President and Mrs. Ford wave to the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 19, 1976.
-from the Ford Library 

On this day, July 8, 1975, Ford Officially Announced his Candidacy.  During the primaries, President Ford faced a strong challenge by Ronald Reagan for the Republican nomination. He prevailed, and chose Senator Robert Dole of Kansas as his running mate.

Democratic candidate Jimmy Carter presented another tough contest in the general election. 

As November 2 neared polls showed that President Ford had succeeded in narrowing Carter’s large lead. The race had been neck and neck throughout the campaign but the election returns revealed that Carter pulled ahead to win with 297 electoral votes to Ford’s 241.

President Ford called his opponent to offer his congratulations and, since his voice was nearly gone, Betty Ford read his concession statement to the nation.

During the balance of his administration President Ford worked on the 1978 budget, delivered his final State of the Union speech, and strove to facilitate a smooth transition.

On January 20, 1977, President Carter began his inaugural address with a special recognition: “For myself and for our nation I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land.” 

Pictured: President and Mrs. Ford wave to the crowd at the Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, on August 19, 1976.

-from the Ford Library 

Jul 07

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“Love Will Keep Us Together” 
The Grammy Award-winning duo of Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille performed at a state dinner honoring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Great Britain on July 7, 1976.
Although the couple was invited to the dinner they did not attend as Dragon was feeling under the weather. They nevertheless kept their after dinner engagement, although they drew some negative comments from the press for performing “Muskrat Love” for Her Majesty.
The Fords were pleased by the evening’s entertainment. “Mrs. Ford and I want you to know how much we, and our guests, enjoyed ‘The Captain and Tennille,’” President Ford wrote in a thank you letter to Dragon. “We were particularly concerned because you were not feeling well, but, in keeping with the great tradition of show business, you managed to give a fine performance despite your illness.”
-from the Ford Library 

“Love Will Keep Us Together” 

The Grammy Award-winning duo of Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille performed at a state dinner honoring Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of Great Britain on July 7, 1976.

Although the couple was invited to the dinner they did not attend as Dragon was feeling under the weather. They nevertheless kept their after dinner engagement, although they drew some negative comments from the press for performing “Muskrat Love” for Her Majesty.

The Fords were pleased by the evening’s entertainment. “Mrs. Ford and I want you to know how much we, and our guests, enjoyed ‘The Captain and Tennille,’” President Ford wrote in a thank you letter to Dragon. “We were particularly concerned because you were not feeling well, but, in keeping with the great tradition of show business, you managed to give a fine performance despite your illness.”

-from the Ford Library