Discuss how he becomes president

Gerald Rudolph Ford

  • 1st man to be made president by a vote of Congress
  • August 1974- became President after Nixon resigned due to the Watergate Scandal
  • Ford Parton: Pardoned Nixon of any crimes he committed during his presidency- adding to the publics dislike of him

July 1975

Helsinki, Finland- Met with 34 other nations

  • Officially ended WWII
  • Soviet Union signed the 'Third Basket' agreement
  • Strengthened the Detente between nations
  • US public did not support the flow of American food and supplies to the USSR with little in return

End of the Vietnam War


  • North Vietnamese made a full invasion of South Vietnam
  • Ford asked for aid for South Vietnam
  • Congress rejected the request
  • South Vietnam collapsed without the aid of America
  • April 29, 1975: Last of Americans were removed from South Vietnam
  • 140,000 South Vietnamese were brought to the U.S. also added to the melting pot

America did not lose the war, their client nation did.

Losses for America

  • Face in the eyes of foreigners
  • Self-esteem
  • Economic leadership
  • Power

Cost of the War

  • $118 billion
  • 56,000 dead
  • 300,000 wounded