Gerald Ford.Porter.Angie.Oct.12

Gerald Ford.Porter.Angie.Oct.12 - Gerald Ford A Healing...

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Gerald Ford  A Healing Presidency 1. Gerald R. Ford o Unelected vice-president and President First and only o Never ran for national or statewide office o Most vice presidents Have strong incentives to continue the policies and personnel of their predecessors But given the circumstance Ford wanted to keep a distance between himself and the White House 2. Entering the Office o Respect for the presidency had declines o Economy was suffering from stagflation o "Hysterical summer of 1974"- Henry Kissinger o Government and nation was handed over to him in shambles o Nixon Watergate Scandal Hurt presidency 3. Transition and Leadership o Principal transition Wanted to created an administration different from Nixon's He had not electoral mandate to point to or campaign promises to keep Wanted to achieve a balance between competing demands Need to provide stability and hasten recovery from previous year and a half Wanted to differentiate, distance, and provide new beginning o Establishing a New Team He liked Nixon's staff and people Yet he needed to prove he was a different person Assert himself as a new leader Transition Team 4 members Donald Rumsfeld- US ambassador to NATO William Scranton- former Pennsylvania Governor Rogers Morton- Secretary of the Interior Jack Marsh- senior aid to his VP staff Individuals whom he trusted and sought for advice Avoided recommending specific personnel changes Some people thought he should clean house Kick everyone out so he had no ties with the Nixon administration
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Others wanted to emphasize the idea of continuity Everyone saw the need to establish a presidency distinctive from that of his predecessor He wanted to elevate roles of department and agency officials Ford placed high priority on continuity and stability o Ford adopted an incrementalist approach He did not want to fire people This approach was also consistent with his objective of a healing presidency o There was tension between the White House staff and the vice-presidents staff Ford wanted to smooth relations between the staffs He wanted Alexander Haig to move on since he had been Nixon's WH chief of staff and had the "Nixon Image" He saw a need to change the top of the WH staff Ford helped Haig transition to his next job as NATO commander, and did the same with other WH staff o He changed seven of the eleven cabinet department secretaries o He tried to use his two reservoirs Academia Law o To get his appointments o Picked cabinet members that were academically renown and not considered partisan o The new people he appointed to agencies and cabinets were new
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2012 for the course GOV 1540 taught by Professor Rogerporter during the Fall '10 term at Harvard.

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