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(History Channel)   On this day in history, in 1975, President Ford survived a second assassination attempt, leaving the wolves to wonder what he tasted like   (history.com) divider line
    More: Vintage, Gerald Ford, Sara Jane Moore, Charles Manson, Moore's attempt, President of the United States, Lynette Fromme, President Gerald Ford, Oliver Sipple  
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2020-09-22 11:53:56 AM  
They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.
 
2020-09-22 11:58:40 AM  
Where have you gone Sara Jane Moore, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you...
 
2020-09-22 12:46:48 PM  
I always found it odd that both attempts were by women.
 
2020-09-22 12:48:14 PM  
He was delicious.
 
2020-09-22 12:51:00 PM  

too2ez: I always found it odd that both attempts were by women.


Both seen as hippie women at the time, but the Manson family would fit right in with a MAGA rally nowadays.
 
2020-09-22 12:51:23 PM  
The 70's were a risky time to be president. All those wild animals trying to kill you.

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2020-09-22 12:52:13 PM  
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2020-09-22 12:53:18 PM  
Did anyone try to take out Nixon after he resigned? Seems like Ford was a convenient stooge in a lot of ways.
 
2020-09-22 12:55:25 PM  
Picture of the would-be assassin:

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2020-09-22 12:55:47 PM  
Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.
 
2020-09-22 12:56:04 PM  
It's crazy how close you used to be able to get to the POTUS without any security checks, probably until the 80's. Well unless you're top 1% wealthy/Russian/have a country club membership at his property.

They didn't even have a fence up at he White House for a long time. Now their is a fort around it.
 
2020-09-22 12:56:16 PM  
He's a former president, you're telling me he's NOT delicious?
 
2020-09-22 12:57:02 PM  

Badmoodman: Where have you gone Sara Jane Moore, our nation turns its lonely eyes to you...


Assassins - Squeaky Fromme and Sara Jane Moore
Youtube dGf--xGPT8A
 
2020-09-22 1:01:59 PM  
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2020-09-22 1:02:50 PM  
Maybe Squeaky and Sara Jane thought there was only one way out of the timeline they were in.
 
2020-09-22 1:03:11 PM  

Greg Tolan: [img.nbc.com image 640x360]


I empathize with those producers.  You want to be ready for ANY situation.
 
2020-09-22 1:06:38 PM  

winedrinkingman: too2ez: I always found it odd that both attempts were by women.

Both seen as hippie women at the time, but the Manson family would fit right in with a MAGA rally nowadays.


Yeah I... I wonder what they have in common.

The Manson Family about the love to their guns
Youtube EeeYkuvPm9s
 
2020-09-22 1:06:44 PM  

Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.


Ford falling down a lot was news worthy. I remember my dad letting us know Ford fell down again, so he needs to be impeached if he can't watch his step. It's funny when I think about it now.
 
2020-09-22 1:08:34 PM  
Gerald Ford held a grudge.

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2020-09-22 1:15:16 PM  

Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.


Gerald Ford played offense, defense and special teams for back to back, undefeated National Champion College Football teams.

Much like the rest Democrat criticism of Republican Presidents, Ford is a klutz was not, in fact, true.
 
2020-09-22 1:15:29 PM  
FTA: ...addled Charles Manson cult follower, and Moore, a mentally unstable former FBI informant and accountant who fell into fringe revolutionary politics...

They sure can pick them, huh? It's almost like making informants out of unstable people can lead to violent blowback. Or is that the whole idea?
 
2020-09-22 1:18:31 PM  

DrD'isInfotainment: Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.


I had never heard of this. Thanks for the fun presidential trivia!
 
2020-09-22 1:22:22 PM  
The Secret Service has really upped thier game in the last couple decades.
 
2020-09-22 1:22:39 PM  

DrD'isInfotainment: Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.


I do, or perhaps a different time some rando crashed into the Presidential limo.  I remember the limo had what looked to be minor damage and the car that hit it was all sorts of farked up.

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2020-09-22 1:23:16 PM  
People shot at Ford, Lincoln, JFK, the good Roosevelt, Reagan, Clinton (if you want to count shooting at the White House), and more. It's like 24% of US presidents have been shot or shot at.

And nobody's even hit Trump with a friggen golf ball.
 
2020-09-22 1:27:02 PM  
Why the hell does everyone keep trying to kill conservatives..?

Oooohhhh....
 
2020-09-22 1:27:55 PM  

1funguy: Why the hell does everyone keep trying to kill conservatives..?

Oooohhhh....


/
I think crazy comes in cycles much like clothing trends
 
2020-09-22 1:32:21 PM  

Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.


The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:
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Or W Bush choking on a pretzel:
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I miss getting to chuckle at a president's human mistakes (and I actively attended protests against W). Trump doesn't even make human mistakes. He just doesn't know his to close umbrellas, walk down ramps, genuinely laugh when it's not at someone else's expense, etc.

He's a golem for the alt-right.
 
2020-09-22 1:35:12 PM  

Nick Nostril: The 70's were a risky time to be president. All those wild animals trying to kill you.

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I wish we could re-elect Carter. He got a raw deal and his life post-presidency has been exemplary.
 
2020-09-22 1:39:04 PM  

minorshan: Nick Nostril: The 70's were a risky time to be president. All those wild animals trying to kill you.

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I wish we could re-elect Carter. He got a raw deal and his life post-presidency has been exemplary.


He also created more jobs in 5 years (10 million) than both Bushes put together (3.5 million).
 
2020-09-22 1:40:32 PM  

minorshan: The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:


https://www.urbandictionary.com/defin​e​.php?term=bushusuru

Japanese slang meaning to literally "to do the Bush" (i.e. puke)
 
2020-09-22 1:40:35 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: DrD'isInfotainment: Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.

I do, or perhaps a different time some rando crashed into the Presidential limo.  I remember the limo had what looked to be minor damage and the car that hit it was all sorts of farked up.

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To think there was a time when cars crumpled such that the hood went up and straight into the windshield like that.
 
2020-09-22 1:42:19 PM  

Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.


I was born over a decade later but my understanding is that he only fell once, and it was enough fodder for the late night comedians to use for years after.

Oh to have a Presidential scandal like that these days.
 
2020-09-22 1:42:23 PM  
President Benson library groundbreaking
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2020-09-22 1:42:30 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

Gerald Ford played offense, defense and special teams for back to back, undefeated National Champion College Football teams.

Much like the rest Democrat criticism of Republican Presidents, Ford is a klutz was not, in fact, true.


He tripped publicly more than a few times, and was a prop for jokes on one of the best shows on TV at the time. So while your first point about his playing football at UM is valid, your gnashing of teeth and rending of garments over a 40-year joke about him is not, in fact, valid.
 
2020-09-22 1:42:54 PM  

minorshan: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:
[Fark user image 320x240] [View Full Size image _x_]
Or W Bush choking on a pretzel:
[Fark user image 372x512]

I miss getting to chuckle at a president's human mistakes (and I actively attended protests against W). Trump doesn't even make human mistakes. He just doesn't know his to close umbrellas, walk down ramps, genuinely laugh when it's not at someone else's expense, etc.

He's a golem for the alt-right.


I'm nostalgic for the time people viewed Japan as our greatest foreign rival.
 
2020-09-22 1:47:17 PM  

Kalyco Jack: NotThatGuyAgain: DrD'isInfotainment: Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.

I do, or perhaps a different time some rando crashed into the Presidential limo.  I remember the limo had what looked to be minor damage and the car that hit it was all sorts of farked up.

[pbs.twimg.com image 850x711]

To think there was a time when cars crumpled such that the hood went up and straight into the windshield like that.


It wasn't really a problem as the steering column would punch through your chest before your head got anywhere near the hood. And as a passenger you could be mangled by the steel glove compartment door or your noggin would pop through the windscreen and be torn off like a baby wipe.
 
2020-09-22 1:49:23 PM  

NotThatGuyAgain: DrD'isInfotainment: Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.

I do, or perhaps a different time some rando crashed into the Presidential limo.  I remember the limo had what looked to be minor damage and the car that hit it was all sorts of farked up.

[pbs.twimg.com image 850x711]


I'd be surprised if the car that hit the President's car didn't come out damaged like that.

The specs of Ford's vehicle:

A modified, 22-foot (6.7 m),[15] 13,000-pound (5,900 kg)[18] 1972 Lincoln Continental was delivered to the White House in 1974.[15] The six-passenger limousine was leased from the Ford Motor Company for US$5,000 (equivalent to $25,921 in 2019) per year and featured a 460-cubic-inch (7.5 L), 214-horsepower (160 kW) V8 engine. The fully loaded automobile also had external microphones to allow occupants to hear outside noises, full armor plate, bulletproof glass, and racks for the Secret Service to store submachine guns. This presidential state car was the vehicle in which President Gerald Ford was shot at by Sara Jane Moore, and that transported President Ronald Reagan to the hospital after the attempted assassination thereof in March 1981.[15]

Presidents basically roll in stylish tanks.
 
2020-09-22 1:51:32 PM  

Zeb Hesselgresser: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

Gerald Ford played offense, defense and special teams for back to back, undefeated National Champion College Football teams.

Much like the rest Democrat criticism of Republican Presidents, Ford is a klutz was not, in fact, true.


He was also a great skier and without question one of the flat out smartest presidents ever. But your lame little partisan smear here hardly holds up as Ford's image came about not because of Dems but because a mediocre comedian figured out he could get mileage out of a bit. (There was a time when people found pratfalls funny. See also Van Dyck, Dick and Stooges, 3.)

The Dems may or may not have benefitted from the "Ford is an oaf" perception, but inflation and the Nixon pardon were Ford's bigger problems.

/Assassins is the Great American Musical
 
2020-09-22 1:52:40 PM  

Bukharin: minorshan: The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define​.php?term=bushusuru

Japanese slang meaning to literally "to do the Bush" (i.e. puke)


That's incredibly funny! Thank you for providing my 1 new fact for the day :)
 
2020-09-22 1:52:47 PM  
Ford is bord and Carter is no farter.
 
2020-09-22 1:55:21 PM  

RepoManTSM: minorshan: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:
[Fark user image 320x240] [View Full Size image _x_]
Or W Bush choking on a pretzel:
[Fark user image 372x512]

I miss getting to chuckle at a president's human mistakes (and I actively attended protests against W). Trump doesn't even make human mistakes. He just doesn't know his to close umbrellas, walk down ramps, genuinely laugh when it's not at someone else's expense, etc.

He's a golem for the alt-right.

I'm nostalgic for the time people viewed Japan as our greatest foreign rival.


That too.

...wait, you mean economic and not WWII, right?
 
2020-09-22 1:59:05 PM  

Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.


Except he really didn't.   Chevy Chase fell down a lot.

Ford was actually pretty athletic.  He'd played football in college, and was pretty sure footed.   He golfed a lot.  One time, though, he slipped on camera, coming down the steps of Air Force One in the rain during a visit to Austria on June 1st, 1975.   SNL debuted that fall, and Chevy Chase ran with the "Gerald Ford as a klutz" thing.

Ford had a pretty good sense of humor about it, though, and he and Chase were frequent golf partners after his presidency, all the way up until his death.

Oh, and people hated Ford, too, for pardoning Nixon.
 
2020-09-22 1:59:26 PM  
SNL did Fake News when Fake News was still cool. And Trump was still young and not yet a piss yellow Blond(e) Beast
 
2020-09-22 2:00:22 PM  
Pardonning Nixon? He was the Head Stooge and Bottle Washer of the Warren Commission long before that!
 
2020-09-22 2:02:05 PM  

gunther_bumpass: It wasn't really a problem as the steering column would punch through your chest before your head got anywhere near the hood. And as a passenger you could be mangled by the steel glove compartment door or your noggin would pop through the windscreen and be torn off like a baby wipe.


If you want people to drive carefully, instead of an airbag in the center of the steering wheel, there should be a 6" dagger blade sticking out straight for the driver's chest.

You make that a requirement in all new cars, and no one is going to speed or tailgate.
 
2020-09-22 2:13:00 PM  

RepoManTSM: minorshan: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:
[Fark user image 320x240] [View Full Size image _x_]
Or W Bush choking on a pretzel:
[Fark user image 372x512]

I miss getting to chuckle at a president's human mistakes (and I actively attended protests against W). Trump doesn't even make human mistakes. He just doesn't know his to close umbrellas, walk down ramps, genuinely laugh when it's not at someone else's expense, etc.

He's a golem for the alt-right.

I'm nostalgic for the time people viewed Japan as our greatest foreign rival.


Oh Trump still does. He just conflates them with China to save time.
 
2020-09-22 2:23:14 PM  

MinatoArisato013: RepoManTSM: minorshan: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

The past 4 years have made nostalgic for HW Bush vomiting on Japan's prime minister:
[Fark user image 320x240] [View Full Size image _x_]
Or W Bush choking on a pretzel:
[Fark user image 372x512]

I miss getting to chuckle at a president's human mistakes (and I actively attended protests against W). Trump doesn't even make human mistakes. He just doesn't know his to close umbrellas, walk down ramps, genuinely laugh when it's not at someone else's expense, etc.

He's a golem for the alt-right.

I'm nostalgic for the time people viewed Japan as our greatest foreign rival.

Oh Trump still does. He just conflates them with China to save time.


For Hair Cheato, Anyone with slanty eyes can't be trusted.
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2020-09-22 2:35:32 PM  

Kalyco Jack: Mugato: They planted a banana peel for him to trip on?

/wasn't alive then but longs for the days when the President falling down a lot was a news story.

I was born over a decade later but my understanding is that he only fell once, and it was enough fodder for the late night comedians to use for years after.

Oh to have a Presidential scandal like that these days.


Yep.  Those were simpler times before the utterly contemptible spicy mustard affairs.
 
2020-09-22 2:45:19 PM  

minorshan: NotThatGuyAgain: DrD'isInfotainment: Remember when some hapless Connecticut youths ran through an intersection that the SS hadn't blocked off in Hartford and broadsided Fords limo. Turns out the kids did not break the law, And President Ford took it all in a fairly good natured way.

I do, or perhaps a different time some rando crashed into the Presidential limo.  I remember the limo had what looked to be minor damage and the car that hit it was all sorts of farked up.

[pbs.twimg.com image 850x711]

I'd be surprised if the car that hit the President's car didn't come out damaged like that.

The specs of Ford's vehicle:

A modified, 22-foot (6.7 m),[15] 13,000-pound (5,900 kg)[18] 1972 Lincoln Continental was delivered to the White House in 1974.[15] The six-passenger limousine was leased from the Ford Motor Company for US$5,000 (equivalent to $25,921 in 2019) per year and featured a 460-cubic-inch (7.5 L), 214-horsepower (160 kW) V8 engine. The fully loaded automobile also had external microphones to allow occupants to hear outside noises, full armor plate, bulletproof glass, and racks for the Secret Service to store submachine guns. This presidential state car was the vehicle in which President Gerald Ford was shot at by Sara Jane Moore, and that transported President Ronald Reagan to the hospital after the attempted assassination thereof in March 1981.[15]

Presidents basically roll in stylish tanks.


And that car was basically a Tonka toy compared to The Beast.  You should look at the specs on it.  It can go almost as fast backwards as it can forward.  Each axle can be braked individually to allow for counter terrorist maneuvers.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6elLDem​r​Dls
 
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