This program is about 1 hour long
(Palm Desert, California: Adam Housley) Funeral and memorial service preparations in Palm Desert, California, featured; scenes shown of Ford’s presidential pew. [Ford family representative Gregory WILLARD- reads statement from Betty Ford.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Statement from President Bush quoted. [Former President George BUSH- praises Ford.]
(White House: Wendell Goler) Bush’s reaction introduced. [BUSH- praises Ford.]. Ford’s political career and presidency reviewed; details given on Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, who were part of his administration; footage shown. [In 1999, FORD- talks about his decision to grant a pardon for Nixon.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Statements from Nancy Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Senator Harry Reid, Representative Dennis Hastert quoted.
(Washington: Megyn Kendall) Funeral plans in Washington, D.C., and Grand Rapids, Michigan, featured; scenes shown of flags flying at half-staff. [Brookings Institution Stephen HESS- comments.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Reactions in Ford’s hometown noted; scenes shown of mourners signing a condolence book at his presidential museum. [Grand Rapids’ Sondra Ruth WESSELDYKE- comments.] Continuing coverage previewed.
(Washington: Malini Bawa) The letter from former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, claiming his execution will be a sacrifice, examined; statement from Saddam calling on Iraqis not to hate and defending himself quoted on screen; details given on his conviction, the threat of retaliation from the Baath Party. [Saddam’s lawyer Ziad al-NAJDAWI- comments.]
(Washington: Jim Angle) Former President Gerald Ford’s foreign policy examined; details given on his arms control agreements with the Soviet Union and the Helsinki Accords; footage shown of Ford with Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. [“Reagan’s Revolution” author Craig SHIRLEY- says Ford continued Richard Nixon’s foreign policy; comments.] [Fox News contributor Marvin KALB, “US News and World Report” Michael BARONE- comment.]
(Fox Weather Center: Chris Knowles) The storm system featured; national forecast given; weather maps and data shown on screen.
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Report introduced.
(Washington: James Rosen) Ford’s decision to pardon Nixon examined; details given on the impact on the 1976 elections, speculations that the pardon was part of a secret deal; footage and photos shown. [On the phone, former Secretary of State Alexander HAIG- denies that there was a deal.] [Former counsel to Ford Benton BECKER- contrasts Ford’s and Haig’s concerns.]
(Studio: Shepard Smith) Excerpt of a phone call from Ford to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, with both men unable to hear each other, played; clips from “Saturday Night Live” skit with comedian Chevy Chase, Ford on “The Simpsons” cartoon, and photos shown; statement from California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is recovering from surgery, about Ford quoted.
(U.N.: David Lee Miller) The latest developments in the crisis in Darfur examined; details given on the president of Sudan’s agreement to allow U.N. and African Union peacekeeping forces and to discuss a cease-fire deal. [U.N. Secretary General Kofi ANNAN- comments.]
(Grand Rapids: Molly Line) The Ford Museum’s preparations for a public funeral service reviewed; scenes shown of mourners signing condolence books. [Grand Rapids’ Jim MORAN- praises Ford.]