Skip to comments.President Ford Toasts Queen Elizabeth
Posted on 05/25/2011 11:16:59 AM PDT by ml/nj
The "bumbling" President Ford apparently knew that the toast is supposed to end with the words, "the Queen." It is interesting to watch the Queen's reaction in this video and compare it with the one she had yesterday.
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Remember when Ford walked into a White House window he thought was a door? ;)
And he once told a guy in a wheelchair to “stand up”. What a bafoon!
Mr. Bean did a better job.
What Chutzpah on zer0’s part to refer to Sir Winston Spencer Churchill, after pissing on the Brits sending the Churchill bust back to its sender.
Obama stays at the top of the news cycle and he is a one term president; it’s that simple.
Mr. Bean did a better job. LOL!!!
Thanks for posting...Oh my, that’s funny!!!
Wow, she actually toasted him back and took a sip
Unlike her correctness to the usurper in chief
I remember when Ford couldn’t figure out how to get past a gate with his umbrella extended....that Ford was such a klutz
I believe in Karma. Obingo was punished for making another slam at Trump.
And they thought Ford took too many hits w/o his helmet. What does that make Bobo?
Guess we should just be glad he didn’t drink straight from the bottle with a paper bag.
Pray for America
This was in the USA.
You have a bad memory!
I give Gerry Ford a pass on all of his foibles. Gerald Ford gave the following acceptance speech when he was awarded the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award. Can you imagine Ubama giving a speech like this?
Gerald R. Ford
Remarks at the Boy Scouts’ Annual Awards Dinner
December 2, 1974
Bill, Mark, Rudy, Reid, all of you wonderful ladies and gentlemen, and the fine young people, young boys, young girls as well:
It is a great privilege and a very high honor to be here tonight, and I thank you very much for the award. It is one of those things I, for one, will never forget.
I think they say once a Scout always a Scout, and I can tell you from my own experience that is true. After all these years I still love the outdoors. I still know how to cook for myself, at least at breakfast. And as anyone who saw those pictures of me in Japan will know, on occasion I still go around in short pants. [Laughter]
I am particularly grateful for your invitation to be here tonight for a very personal reason. It has recently been said that I am too much of a Boy Scout in the way I have conducted myself as President, and so I reviewed the Boy Scout laws and Boy Scout oath.
They say that a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. That is not bad for somebody who knew it 46 years ago.
And the Boy Scout oath is, “On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout laws, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.”
Well, if these are not the goals of the people of the United States, what they want their President to live up to, then I must draw this conclusion: Either you have the wrong man or I have the wrong country, and I don’t believe either is so.
I happen to believe that the ideals and the aspirations of all Americans and all Boy Scouts are one and the same, and I will continue to use those ideals as a guide and as a compass in all of my official duties. I think our goal ought to be, or should be, more Boy Scouts in government, not less.
Coming here this evening, after an interesting press conference, to receive this coveted award takes me back a good many years to one of the proudest moments of my youth: the day I was awarded the Eagle Scout badge, more than 46 years ago.
I remember the pride I felt then in the court of honor and the pledge that I made to myself never to dishonor that badge. As Betty knows, I still have that badge, by the way. It is a very treasured possession, and over the years it has been, I think, a good reminder to me. It is a reminder of some of the basic, good things about our country and a reminder of some of the simple but vital values that can make life productive and very rewarding.
A very great American, Dwight D. Eisenhower, once said that his faith in our young people was as unbounded as his faith in America. I share that faith. I believe that the youth and America go hand-in-hand. For it is America’s youthful spirit, strength, its idealism that are the keys to our country’s greatness-even today as we approach our 200th anniversary as a nation, we are still a very young country, a young people compared to most other nations on this Earth.
The early explorers understood better than they realized the significance of calling the American continent the “New World.” For it was here on these shores that millions of people from every branch of the human family were to come and to make a new beginning, were to launch one of the greatest, noblest adventures in the history of mankind.
From the start, even the humblest of those early settlers seemed to understand. As they landed in this new world, they knew that they, too, were beginning a new life, leaving behind the oppressions and the injustices that had darkened old countries and old civilizations.
Of course, this new promised land was not delivered to them upon a silver platter. Each new wave of pioneers and immigrants had to build a place for themselves and add their individual contributions to this new life. It was hard work; it was long work; it took long hours; and it never ended. It still goes on today as we tackle new problems and new challenges.
And that is where Scouting comes in. The teamwork, the self-discipline, and just as important, the sense of adventure that grow out of the Scouting experience are the very things we need today to build a better America.
So often, the deepest, the most profound emotions and ideas are expressed in very simple words. Today, when some people are casting about for new values, new answers, and new outlooks on life, the key to many of our problems lies in the basic values of the Scout laws—in trust, in loyalty, courtesy, thrift, bravery, reverence.
One of the wisest judges of our country, probably one of the wisest we ever produced, was Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Like all great jurists, he understood more than just the law. He knew the human mind, the human heart, and he saw a great deal of each of them in his many years on the bench-both their good sides and their bad. It was an experience that might have made a cynic of him, but it did not. The more Justice Brandeis saw of the American people, the more he became convinced of their basic goodness.
In most Americans, he once said, there is a spark of idealism which can be fanned into a flame. Scouting is one of these things that keeps that spark of idealism alive, that plants it in the hearts of young Americans while preparing them for manhood and for citizenship.
That is why, as an old Scout who still tries to live by the Scout laws and the Scout oath, with no apologies, I am proud and honored to accept this award tonight.
Thank you very much.
“Ford couldnt figure out how to get past a gate with his umbrella extended”
I think what did him in during that 1976 election campaign is when he referred to there being 57 states. Everyone thought he was a complete maroon totally unfit for the presidency.
I think most of those "foibles" occurred on Saturday Night Live. The guy played football for the University of Michigan.
I must say this about the current Regime, oops, Administration: Where are the protocol advisers? Every administration that I remember had them. The President, cabinet, etc., were all briefed by the protocol advisor before state visits, and that advise was followed. Is Barry willfully ignoring them? Or has Barry appointed some politically correct hack of like mind who advises how to arrogantly get in the face of our true allies, and grovel before leaders of nations who likely do not view us kindly (as in the bowing)?
I remember when Ford said that the Soviets didn’t dominate Poland.....oh wait....
And he once told a guy in a wheelchair to stand up. What a bafoon!
Sen. Joe Biden, D-Delaware, told Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham to stand up. Graham is confined to a wheelchair.
LOL! At least he had the sense to bolt after the head-butt.
Remember how Gerald Ford was never elected President nor VP?
I can't believe that Buckingham Palace doesn't provide some sort of "resource person" (or several) who will assist guests in mastering the protocol -- after all, it's not meant to be some kind of test, and they surely don't want their guests to be embarrassed! Either Barry just didn't listen or -- to my mind, more likely -- he figured he could do it better than the proper protocol; in fact, he likely figured that the "God Save the Queen" was merely an adequate accompaniment to his eloquence! I think he expected to be praised for it.
Anyone know what the British press said?
I can’t understand the thinking, on this site of all places, that seeks to put the onus of OhOh’s breach of protocol on the British.
The State Department has a Chief of Protocol, the White House has a Chief of Protocol, the US Embassy has a Chief of Protocol, all of whom are responsible for planning and coordination of State Visits and consulting with their foreign counterparts.
The British are noted for providing protocol points to anyone granted presentation to the Royals.
So OhOh had a whole regiment or two of staff tasked to make sure things ran smoothly and as per protocol. As a guest to a sovereign nation it is OhOh’s responsibility to represent us as a civilized nation and not as some backwater Kenyan village.
This man can’t muster the discipline to pay more than 45 minutes for staff briefings at the White House so why can he be expecting to remember his briefing unless he has a minder at his elbow whispering into his XL ears, “and next you...”
All of his adlib-no-prompter stuttering speeches prove his inability to focus on the here and now, beyonding uttering content free platitudes.
And also that idiot Ford thought he had been to all 57 states. He also told George Stephonaasalis that his faith was Muslim then changed it when George reminded him he was supposed to be a Christian. Oh and what about the time Ford gave the Queen an Ipod with all of his speeches on it? What a narcissist fool he was.
The "bumbling" President Ford apparently knew that the toast is supposed to end with the words, "the Queen."