Gerald Ford

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The Selection of Ford

  • Takes the place of Nixon after Nixon's resignation
  • First man to be made president solely by vote of Congress
  • Selected to the spot of vice president after Spiro Agnew's resignation
  • Ford grants a pardon to Nixon for any crimes he had committed as president
  • Wanted to enhance Nixon's detente

Defeat in Vietnam

  • Urged more weapons into Vietnam
  • South Vietnam quickly collapsed after American withdrawal
  • With the loss of this war, the US lost credibility in the eyes of foreigners, lost confidence in its military ability, economic sway, and global dominance