I don't suppose anyone would associate those words with Gerald R. Ford, but I've always been amazed by this tale about the 38th President one November night in 1976. Here it is in Ford's own words:
By two-forty the election had come down to four states. Four million residents of Ohio had gone to the polls and I had a lead of 2,000 votes. In Hawaii, the situation was reversed. I was trailing by 4,000 votes. Mississippi was a possibility. And then there was Wisconsin. Although the networks had given the state to Carter, Bob Teeter insisted that the late returns could put me over the top. But no one could say when -- or if -- that would happen. I was bushed. It was three-twenty in the morning and there wasn't a darn thing I could do, so I went to bed.
He went to bed. I've heard a version of the story in which Ford says "I think I won" before going to bed.
Ford's going to bed seems to me to be so at odds with the all-consuming nature of politics... A tremendously human gesture. In his shoes, how many of us could have done the same?Posted by Ideofact at November 2, 2004 09:04 PM