A Buick, Not A Lincoln


I’ve been doing some research on Gerald Ford recently. For what it is worth, he sounds better and better the more I read about him. Yesterday was the 36th anniversary of a comic moment in his presidency. He was in Hartford and was heading back to Bradley International. The Secret Service forgot to block one of the side streets and a 19 year old kid was able to hit the Presidential limo with his Buick LeSabre. This was soon after a couple of assassination attempts, so there was a some concern about that, but it turns out that it was an honest mistake.

The Ford Administration kept a diary and the incident is mentioned matter-of-factly. (If you have a few hours to kill, you can read the whole diary online. I read a month or so and found it oddly fascinating.)

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