S/SW blog philosophy -

I credit favorite writers and public opinion makers.

A lifelong Democrat, my comments on Congress, the judiciary and the presidency are regular features.

My observations and commentary are on people and events in politics that affect the USA or the rest of the world, and stand for the interests of peace, security and justice.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Honoring President Gerald Ford

Former and current U.S. presidents and their spouses are gathering at the National Cathedral this morning to pay their last respects to former president Gerald Ford who died last week. He lived for more than nine decades, and he lived an honorable life. "Jerry" Ford was admired by most of us and dearly loved by many. The population of former presidents has been much diminished by his loss.
The ceremony of respect for one of our former leaders, a state funeral, is always comforting and grounding for the nation. "Republican" and "Democrat" are labels that mostly disappear. Perhaps it will serve us well as Congress reconvenes on Thursday. We hope so.

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