Gerald Ford - Sunny Hills High School

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Gerald Ford
The First “Unelected”
President
Mr. Ford’s Handicaps

Parodied as a
bumbling dim-wit
by his critics -Chevy Chase will
open Saturday
Night Live with a
classic Ford
pratfall.
 The
fact that he
was appointed
gave his
administration
an air of
illegitimacy.
 Ford’s
The Pardon
pardon of Nixon leads to
cries of a “buddy deal.”
Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme
Sara Jane Moore
Two Assassination Attempts –
September 5, 1975
September 22, 1975
WIN Buttons
 Ford
vetoed
congressional
spending bills that
were intended to end
a current recession.
 Ford started a
campaign to end
inflation called WIN -whip inflation now.
The Helsinki Accords
 The
US and 34 nations signed a
human rights agreement that began
the first small flames of dissent in
the Eastern Bloc.
Détente begins to wither
 US
conservatives complain that
détente has been a one way
street.
 Cuban aggression and the
soviet’s hard line with dissidents
and Jewish immigrants cooled
US/USSR relations.
The Fall of Saigon
 NVA and
VC
offensive
explodes in
1975, by April
they have
entered Saigon
-- 140,000
Vietnamese are
evacuated.
The Mayaguez Incident
 May
1975 -- Cambodian
communists, the Khmer Rouge,
seized an American merchant
ship and its 39 crew members.
 American marines re-captured
the ship at the cost of 39 marine
lives.
1976 - The Bicentennial Election
 Democrats
nominate James
Earl Carter of
Georgia.
 “Hi,
my
name’s
Jimmy Carter
and I’m
running for
president.”
The honest, born-again, southern Baptist
touched people with his honesty.
 He promised, “I’ll never lie to you.” and
that he would clean up Washington.

Carter Walks to Victory
 Carter
wins
51% of the
popular vote
against Ford
and his running
mate Nelson
Rockefeller
 Carter
refuses
the limousine
and walks to
the White
House from the
steps of
Congress.
DeBacker
Jimmy Carter
1977 - 1980
End to Stalemate?
 Democratic
president and
Democratic
congress
should mean
success for
Carter.
 Carter
establishes the
Department of
Energy and
calls for a tax
reform bill.
Carter as an “outsider”
Carter’s antiWashington rhetoric
ended the honeymoon
with congress.
 He appeared isolated
behind a cadre of
Georgia “good ole’
boys.”

Billy Carter
The Human Rights President

Carter calls for human
rights to be the guiding
philosophy behind
American foreign policy.
Ferdinand Marcos

He called for the
end of American aid
to dictators (except
in the Philippines
and South Korea.
Chun Doo-hwan
 He
championed
the Black
minorities in
Rhodesia and
South Africa.
Nelson Mandela
served 27 years in prison
 Appointed
Andrew Young,
an AfricanAmerican, as
ambassador to
the United
Nations.
Panama Canal
 Carter
shocked
many Americans
when he agreed
to hand over the
Panama Canal to
the country of
Panama.
Camp David Accords
 Carter
negotiated
separate peace
settlement
between Anwar
Sadat of Egypt
and Menachim
Begin of Israel.
 Carter
went on
to extend full
diplomatic
relations with
China.
Carter goes on retreat.

Carter holes up at
Camp David and
solicits the advice
of hundreds of
Americans on the
problems facing
America especially the
energy crisis.
The Malaise Speech
 He
makes a
major televised
address to the
nation to
discuss the
energy
problems.
 He
tells America
there is “moral
and spiritual
crisis” in the
country and
“spirit of malaise”
afflicting the
country.
The Energy Program
 Carter
called for the
creation of a $140
billion federal energy
program for
conservation and the
creation of synthetic
fuels.
 He
then
shocked the
nation by firing
four cabinet
members.
SALT II
 Soviet
premier
Leonid
Brezhnev met
Carter in
Vienna to sign
the SALT II
agreement.
 Conservative
resistance,
Soviets in Cuba
and the oil crisis
killed SALT II in
the Senate.
Iran

Shah Reza
Pahlavi of Iran is
overthrown and
flees the country - he is allowed to
enter the US for
medical
treatment.
 Iranian
militants
stormed the US
embassy in
Teheran taking
Americans
hostage.
Middle East Instability
 USSR reacts to
the rise of
Muslim
militancy by
invading
Afghanistan.
 Carter slaps an
embargo on the
USSR and forced a
US Boycott of the
summer Olympics
in Moscow.
Delta Force
Carter creates a
anti-terrorist
“Rapid
Deployment
Force” called
Delta Force.
Delta Force’s
rescue attempt
of the hostages
failed in the
deserts of Iran.
 1980 Election
 Hostage
humiliation,
high inflation rates
and reaction to the
“malaise” in America
cost Carter the
election to Ronald
Reagan in 1980

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