A Good Marriage, Not a Honeymoon
President Ford returned to the House Chamber where he had served as a Representative of Michigan for 25 years on August 12, 1974, to make his first address to a Joint Session of Congress.
In this speech he set out his vision for Executive-Congressional relations. He expected that Congress would be a working partner and constructive critic so together they could find solutions to the difficult issues the nation faced. “I do not want a honeymoon with you. I want a good marriage,” he said.
Although President Ford felt the State of the Union was excellent he knew the state of the economy was not. Declaring inflation “domestic enemy number one,” he called for Congress to reactive the Cost of Living Council and announced plans for a domestic summit meeting on the economy. He also appealed to voters in the upcoming November election to support those candidates ”who consistently vote for tough decisions to cut the cost of Government, restrain Federal spending and bring inflation under control.”
Shifting his focus to international affairs, President Ford stated his intention to continue the foreign policy developed during the Nixon administration. “There will be no change of course, no relaxation of vigilance, no abandonment of the helm of our Ship of State as the watch changes,” he affirmed. “We stand by our commitments and we will live up to our responsibilities, in our formal alliances, in our friendships, and in our improving relations with potential adversaries.”
Read the full text of President Ford’s remarks.
JFK Proposes a Detroit Olympics
"The long established and much respected tradition of the Olympic Games exerts a powerful influence upon the character of men and nations."
-President Kennedy in a letter to members of the International Olympic Committee proposing Detroit, Michigan as the host city for the 1968 Summer Olympics, 9/3/63.
Pictured: President John F. Kennedy signs a joint resolution in support of Detroit’s bid to host the 1968 Olympic Games. Behind President Kennedy stand officials from Michigan (L-R): Senator Philip A. Hart, Representative Martha W. Griffiths, Representative Neil Staebler, and Representative Harold M. Ryan. Cabinet Room, White House, Washington, D.C.
-from the JFK Library
Superbowl Sunday Presidential Trivia
Did you know that Gerald R. Ford received offers from two professional football teams, the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers?
He chose instead to take a position as boxing coach and assistant varsity football coach at Yale hoping to attend law school there.
In his youth, Jerry earned “All-City” and “All-State” honors at South High School in Grand Rapids before joining the team at the University of Michigan as a center.
Ford won the Meyer Morton Trophy, awarded to the outstanding freshman player in spring practice, in his first year as a Wolverine. He made the varsity squad the next year and in 1934 he got the starting position.
Although he had high hopes for his senior year since the team won the national championship in both 1932 and 1933, injuries hit the offense and the defense struggled. “We lost seven of our eight ball games,” Ford later reflected on his final season at Michigan. “But what really hurt was that my teammates, after the end of the season, voted me the most valuable player. I didn’t know whether to smile or sue.”
(ARC Identifier 186975)
-from the Ford Library
The Great Lakes State Thanksgiving
President Ford was presented with a Thanksgiving turkey by the National Turkey Federation on November 20, 1975. This was the 30th consecutive year that the Federation presented a turkey to the President. The turkey was presented by Marvin DeWitt of Zeeland, Michigan.
According the White House memo, it was the first time that the President, the turkey, and the presenter were all from the same state. Go Michigan!
-From the Ford Library, Photo ID LP-GRF-A7387-15