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Ford Death / Funeral #854471

CBS Evening News for Friday, Dec 29, 2006
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(Studio: Katie Couric) The official beginning of the 6-day-long state funeral for President Gerald Ford introduced.

(Palm Desert, California: Bill Whitaker) The mourning period for Ford featured; scenes shown of Betty Ford at the service in Palm Desert, California; details given about plans for the services in Washington, DC. [Palm Desert resident Sari KINGSTON†, student Aaron MAGNUS‡- talk about Ford.] [St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church rector Rev. Dr. Robert CERTAIN†- describes his mission in conducting the funeral services.] [Ford biographer James CANNON†- says Ford had no enemies.]

(Studio: Katie Couric) Live in-studio interview held with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley† about the relationship between Ford and his predecessor, President Richard Nixon. [BRINKLEY – says they had an enduring friendship; comments on Ford’s pardon of Nixon; comments on Nixon’s response to Ford’s loss to President Jimmy Carter.] CBS News coverage of Ford’s funeral noted.

Couric, Katie;
Whitaker, Bill

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