President Bush has praised the late president Gerald Ford as a great American who reflected the best of his nation's character.
From his ranch in Crawford, Texas, Mr. Bush on Wednesday said Mr. Ford was a man of "complete integrity" who commanded the respect and earned the goodwill of many. Mr. Bush said Mr. Ford helped heal the country and restore public confidence in the presidency.
President Bush said he spoke with Mr. Ford's wife, former First Lady Betty Ford, to express his personal condolences.
Vice President Dick Cheney, who was Mr. Ford's White House chief of staff, said President Ford gave the country strength, wisdom and good judgment during the United States' greatest constitutional crisis since the Civil War.
Nancy Reagan, the widow of late President Ronald Reagan, praised Mr. Ford for his "vast" dedication to the country.
Mrs. Ford says her husband's life was filled with "love of God, his family and his country."