A Brief History of the President’s First 100 Days

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Gerald Ford’s Approval Plummets

When Ford automatically assumed the presidency after the shock resignation of Richard M. Nixon due to the Watergate scandal, his initial approval rating was relatively high at 71% on August 9, 1974, despite the unprecedented circumstances that saw him take office. However, those numbers would quickly take a nosedive after Ford controversially decided to pardon Nixon for any crimes he may have committed as president.

This decision flew directly in the face of millions of Americans who wanted to see Nixon brought to justice for his involvement in the Watergate scandal. Many people believed that this was a pre-arranged agreement before Ford entered the Oval Office but Ford would insist that he took this difficult decision as the nation needed to heal and move on from the ordeal of Watergate.

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