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Gerald and Betty Ford (with David and Julie Eisenhower)

Gerald and Betty Ford (with David and Julie Eisenhower)
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George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr., 14 Jul 1913 - 26 Dec 2006
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford, 8 Apr 1918 - 8 Jul 2011
Dwight David Eisenhower II, born 1948
Julie Nixon Eisenhower, born 5 Jul 1948
Gelatin silver print
Image: 25.2 x 33.2cm (9 15/16 x 13 1/16")
Sheet: 27.8 x 35.6cm (10 15/16 x 14")
Mat: 55.9 x 71.1cm (22 x 28")
Costume\Dress Accessory\Eyeglasses
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Female
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Politics and Government\First Lady\First Lady of US
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Performing Arts\Performer\Dancer
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Humanitarian
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Congressional Gold Medal
Elizabeth "Betty" Ford: Medicine and Health\Founder
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Male
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Law and Crime\Lawyer
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Education and Scholarship\Educator\Teacher
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Politics and Government\President of US
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Michigan
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Presidential Medal of Freedom
Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.: Congressional Gold Medal
Julie Nixon Eisenhower: Female
Julie Nixon Eisenhower: Literature\Writer
Julie Nixon Eisenhower: Politics and Government\Daughter of US President
Dwight David Eisenhower II: Male
Dwight David Eisenhower II: Literature\Writer\Biographer
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
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© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
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This photograph, by George Tames, was taken for the New York Times on August 9, 1974, the day President Richard Nixon’s resignation went into effect. President Gerald Ford waves goodbye as the helicopter carrying Nixon departs from the White House lawn. On his right, we see Betty Ford, along with Nixon’s daughter Julie Eisenhower and her husband.
One month following his swearing-in as president, Ford issued a controversial pardon of Nixon, explaining that it was the only way for the nation to begin healing. “I feel that Richard Nixon and his loved ones have suffered enough and will continue to suffer,” he said. “Theirs is an American tragedy in which we all have played a part. It could go on and on and on, or someone must write the end to it. I have concluded that only I can do that, and if I can, I must.”
Esta fotografía, fue tomada por George Tames para el New York Times el 9 de agosto de 1974, día en que se hizo efectiva la dimisión del presidente Richard Nixon. El presidente Gerald Ford saluda mientras el helicóptero que transporta a Nixon despega desde el jardín de la Casa Blanca. A su derecha vemos a Betty Ford, junto con la hija de Nixon, Julie Eisenhower, y su esposo.
Un mes después de su juramento como presidente, Ford emitió un polémico indulto a Nixon, alegando que era la única manera de que la nación comenzara a sanar. “Creo que Richard Nixon y sus seres queridos han sufrido suficiente y continuarán sufriendo”, declaró. “Esta es una tragedia para el país en la que todos hemos desempeñado un papel. Puede alargarse eternamente o alguien puede ponerle fin. He llegado a la conclusión de que soy el único que puede hacerlo y de que, si puedo hacerlo, debo hacerlo”.
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National Portrait Gallery
Currently not on view