09th Aug2013

Today in History – Aug. 9 – Ford becomes president

by Ken Clarke

On this day in 1974 Vice President Gerald Ford is sworn into office as the President of the United States.

Ford became president because the night before President Richard Nixon in the midst of the Watergate Scandal resigned his position.

After taking the oath of office President Ford addressed the nation on television saying, “My fellow American’s, our long national nightmare is over.”

Ford had only been vice president for eight months having replaced vice president Spiro Agnew, who had been forced to resign after he was charged with income tax evasion and political corruption.

In September President Ford wanting to move the country away from the Watergate scandal pardoned Nixon for any crimes that may have been committed while he was in office.

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