The sudden presidency

Becoming President

  • Vice President Agnew from the Nixon administration resigned
  • Ford was selected by the 25th Amendment to be the stand-in Vice President
  • Nixon himself resigned
  • Ford was the only official left in office, and was forced into presidency

Vietnam War

  • 1975 North Vietnam attacked the South again
  • Ford plead congress to send more arms to the South, but was denied
  • North quickly overtook the South without American aid
  • April 29, 1975: The last American forces evacuated from Vietnam
  • Rescued 140,000 Vietnamese while evacuating Americans