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38th U.S. President Gerald Ford Remembered


President Bush has remembered his late predecessor, Gerald Ford, as a great man who became president during one of the most divisive times in American history.

Mr. Bush was among the three thousand people who attended the national funeral for President Ford in Washington on Tuesday. Mr. Ford died last week in California at age 93.

At the funeral, Mr. Bush recalled the former president's character and humility, his leadership and service to his country. He said Mr. Ford helped restore trust in the workings of democracy, and that the world saw the best of America in Mr. Ford.

The three living former U.S. presidents - Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter - also attended the service at the National Cathedral.

Mr. Ford, a Republican, assumed the presidency in 1974 after Richard Nixon resigned during the Watergate political scandal.

Mr. Ford was the first US President to meet with Bangladesh's Head of the Government, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Washington in 1974. Iqbal Bahar Choudhury recounted the meeting in this report.
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