ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 29, 2006
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The start of the official mourning period for President Gerald Ford introduced.
(Palm Desert, California: Brian Rooney) The simple affair in the mountains of California for the late president featured; scenes shown from Palm Desert of the coffin being carried inside the St. Margaret's Episcopal Church for a private prayer service & later for invited guests. [RESIDENT, WOMAN - praise Ford.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The major events in the farewell to a president & ABC's coverage of them previewed.
(Studio: George Stephanopoulos) New material from "Washington Post" journalist Bob Woodward about the relationship between Ford & President Richard Nixon examined; scenes shown from the 1970s; Nixon letter to Ford quoted. [In audiotape with transcription on screen, NIXON, FORD - confer.] [WOODWARD - says they had a real friendship; comments on the Nixon pardon.] [In July 2004, FORD - says the pardon was done in the national interest.]
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