Read this...It's from President Gerald Ford:
"I have a basic philosophy: When I meet somebody, even somebody who I've been warned is
not a very nice person, my approach is there must be something nice in that person. And if
you get to know the nice part of the individual, then you develop a relationship and a
friendship that is invaluable. And I say with great emphasis - everybody I've ever met, you
can find something good about them. And I think that is a trait we ought to embellish and
appreciate rather than discard."
The more I read of Ford, the more I like him. He seems like one of the most down to Earth, nicest guys we've ever had in the White House. Just a truly honest, regular person. Ford IMO had the misfortune of ascending to the Presidency under the worst circumstances faced by any President, and became President during a time when the nation was already mired in rising inflation, was brokenhearted and embittered after over a decade of tragedies and embarrassments, and I think it's truly a shame that he lost in 1976. Not simply because Jimmy Carter proved to be a horrid President but also because I think Jerry deserved the job. He did his best to heal a decade's worth of pain in the country. He's the kind of Republican that's rare today, and he's someone who had a high level of character, which would preclude him from ever being elected to any political office today--A reasonable man, not at all an ideologue. Under different circumstances I think Ford could've been one of the great, no BS presidents ala Truman or Ike.
Would you guys say you agree with that philosophy, about people? Figured it'd make for discussion both about the philosophy and the man--I feel Ford is not discussed as much as he should be.