This is very interesting.
It adds another item to the list of reasons why Ford was such an unusual President.
Besides his position as "selected, not elected", and being the only President born in Michigan, I can't remember a major, traumatic event in his Presidential career.
If I read the White House History Page right, Ford handled the Middle East tensions well, worked to curb inflation and avoid a recession, and generally worked to restore the public's faith in the Presidency.
His mark on history seems to be typified by this little story. He did what he could, and when that was done, he quietly let things play out.
Um, fall of Saigon? That was pretty major.
True. I couldn't remember where the fall of Saigon went with respect to Nixon/Ford.
My thought was that Ford wasn't the kind of person to make waves when he couldn't do something. Fall of Saigon fits into that category, I think.
Of course, I'm depending on history--I don't remember this stuff happening.
Was Ford blamed for the fall of Saigon? Did it stick, if he was?