Quotation by Gerald R. Ford

I am a Ford, not a Lincoln.
Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. Republican politician, president. address, Dec. 6, 1973, on taking vice-presidential oath. Quoted in A Ford, Not a Lincoln, ch. 2, Richard Reeves (1975).

Ford explained, "My addresses will never be as eloquent as Lincoln's. But I will do my best to equal his brevity and plain speaking." Eight months later, Ford was sworn in as president. He told Congress, "The truth is I am the people's man." (Aug. 12, 1974).
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