August 28, 2006

Gerald Ford


From CNN: Gerald Ford undergoes successful angioplasty.

Former President Gerald Ford underwent a successful angioplasty procedure at the Mayo Clinic Thursday to reduce or eliminate blockages in his coronary arteries, his office said Friday. ...

Ford, 93, received a cardiac pacemaker on Monday at the clinic. The nation's 38th president was admitted to the clinic 10 days ago for "testing and evaluation." ...

Ford, who's been in frail health in recent years, has been hospitalized four times since December, including late last month, when he was admitted for two days to a hospital in Vail, Colorado, after complaining of shortness of breath. ...

Ford is the only president to have held office without being elected by the voters to the presidency or vice presidency.

He became then-President Richard Nixon's vice president in October 1973 after Spiro Agnew resigned and pleaded no contest to bribery, conspiracy and extortion.

Ford assumed the presidency in August 1974, after the Watergate scandal forced then-President Richard Nixon from office. He then pardoned Nixon. Ford narrowly lost the 1976 election to Jimmy Carter.

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Posted by Forkum at August 28, 2006 08:28 PM