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
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
Day 46: FDR at Malta
On February 2, 1945, FDR arrived in Malta aboard the USS Quincy for a preliminary conference with Prime Minister Winston Churchill before the meeting in Yalta of Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin.
“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
George W. Bush spoke to an Independence Day crowd in Morgantown, West Virginia on July 4, 2005. The President told the estimated 3,000 people at West Virginia University that “the revolutionary truths of the Declaration are still at the heart of America.”
-from the George W. Bush Library
“Liberty is a living flame to be fed, not dead ashes to be revered, even in a Bicentennial year.”
-Gerald R. Ford
President Ford stands at attention while Marines present the flag prior to delivering his remarks on American Independence at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 4, 1976.
-from the Gerald R. Ford Library
On July 2, 1961, Ernest Hemingway died at the age of 61. Though he and President Kennedy never met, President Kennedy more than once expressed his admiration for Hemingway and his work.
In a statement on Hemingway’s death, President Kennedy said, “Few Americans have had a greater impact on the emotions and attitudes of the American people than Ernest Hemingway…he almost single-handedly transformed the literature and the ways of thought of men and women in every country in the world.”