EULOGIES Recalling President Ford

Here are excerpts of eulogies from former President Gerald R. Ford's funeral Wednesday in East Grand Rapids, Mich.:
"For myself and for our nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land. The first words I spoke as president. I still hate to admit that they received more applause than any of the words in my inaugural address. You learn a lot about a man when you run against him for president, and you stand in his shoes and assume the responsibilities that he has borne so well."Jerry never came to the Washington area without being invited to have lunch with me at the White House. We always cherished those memories of, now, perhaps, a long-lost bipartisan relationship."As president, I relished his sound advice and he often, although I must say, reluctantly, departed from the prevailing opinion of his political party to give me support on some of my most difficult challenges. For many of these, of course, he had helped to lay the foundation."
"There's an old saying in Washington that every member of the United States Congress looks in the mirror and sees a future president. Well, Jerry Ford was different. I suspect that when he looked in the mirror, even after he became president, he saw a citizen and a public servant."
"In his first days there, he welcomed to his office the Congressional Black Caucus, leaders of organized labor and others who for too long had felt excluded from America's house. 'Hail to the Chief' gave way to the University of Michigan fight song. The Justice Department was purged of politics, the CIA reined in.''
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