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Sunday, November 12, 2006

This Old Man...

Former President Gerald Ford hit a milestone in U.S. history. At age 93 years and 121 days old he is the nation's oldest living president. The former oldest president was Ronald Reagan, who passed away in June of 2004.

Ford was born on July 14, 1913. For a little perspective here's a list of events that happened in the early 1900's.
The Titanic sank on April 15, 1912
William Howard Taft was president in 1913
Woodrow Wilson elected president 1914
Stainless steel was invented in 1913
Babe Ruth made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox in 1914
World War I begins in 1914
The Mexican Revolution 1910-1917

Gerald Ford served as the nation's 40th Vice President and 38th President. Many critics question why Ford pardoned President Nixon when he was never convicted of a crime.

Ford is famous for his mis-steps. He was even spoofed in Stephen Sondheim's musical Assassins, in which attempted assassins Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme and Sarah Jane Moore attempt to shoot him before he trips and falls. In reality he faced two assassination attempts in 17 days. In the 1976 presidential elections he was narrowly defeated by Democratic challenger Jimmy Carter.

Perhaps it was all the bumps on the head and the cheating death that has kept Ford around for his 93 years and 121 days. He now holds the title of longest living president and is facing seemingly constant trips to the hospital. Hopefully he'll be around a little longer to defend his title. The top 4 oldest presidents are: Gerald Ford (93 years 121 days), Ronald Reagan (93 years 119 days), John Adams(90 years 253 days), and Herbert Hoover (90 years 71 days).

In a statement Ford said "The length of one's days matters less than the love of one's family and friends."

My Opinion: I really don't have an opinion. Congrats to Gerry! That is an amazing milestone.

I want to take a mini poll. What living president will make a run at Ford's record? George W., Bill Clinton, George I, Jimmy Carter, or will Gerry retain his title?? Let me know what you think!


  • Ronald Reagan (aka, the longest living ELECTED President) was Steven Colbert's Alpha Dog of the Week. Suck that, Gerald Ford.

    And my choice for longest living president? Mike McCue, who is already 205 years old. Once he assumes control of the White House, apparently in 2044, it'll all be good.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At 3:55 PM  

  • Who will be McCue's Vice President. I like the sound of an McCue-O'Leary ticket in 2044. We would carry the Irish vote. Upon McCue's almost certain assassination I will become President of the United States. I like the way that sounds.

    By Blogger James O'Leary, At 9:56 PM  

  • Where did 2044 come from?

    I don't think I'd be assassinated so much as the Cabinet would do a 25th amendment coup once they figured out just how eccentric I can be.

    By Blogger Mike, At 11:17 PM  

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