Gerald Ford

Ryo Yoshida

Ford as President

  • Was the first unelected president following Nixon's resignation as a result of the Watergate break-in incident
  • Original vice president Spiro Agnew resigned because of tax evasions
  • His name was submitted by Nixon as a vice-presidential candidate
  • Popularity sank when Ford pardoned Nixon

End of the Vietnam War

  • 1975- North Vietnam made full invasion of South Vietnam
  • Ford requested aid but was rejected by Congress
  • South Vietnam fell
  • US lost self confidence and pride