Local Politicians Remember Ford

Knoxville (WVLT) - Politicians from across Tennessee have been expressing their condolences at the death of the 38th President.

Congressman Zach Wamp issued a statement saying "At a time of national concern and disappointment, President Ford answered the call of duty and in doing so, set the standard for decency, honor and leadership. He had quiet, reassuring strength at a time when America needed it most and made it his promise to restore honor to the presidency."

Wamp went on to say "President Ford was by nature an all-American, family man, who will be remembered by his integrity, courage, and his devotion to this country. We celebrate his life as we mourn this loss with his family."

In Nashville this morning, Governor Phil Bredesen order the flags at all state offices, including the State Capitol be flown at half-staff in honor of Ford.

Bredesen also released a statement, saying "Andrea and I want to extend our condolences to the Ford family. We join them, and the rest of the nation, in honoring President Ford. He brought a new candor, courage and healing to the White House and to America, and Tennessee is grateful for that legacy."

And former US Senator Howard Baker, Junior, a man who worked closely with President Ford says he and his wife Nancy "join the nation in mourning the loss of President Ford. He assumed the presidency in a most difficult and historic time, but his calm hand and unique perspective steadied fears, calmed nerves and restored respect for our nation's highest office."

Here in Knoxville the late President has a street named after him.

In October of 2002, Ford's granddaughter, Sara Goodfellow, and her family joined then-Knoxville Mayor Victor Ashe to unveil Gerald R. Ford Street in West Knoxville.

Ashe said back then, that people look back on Ford's three years in office as a short tenure, but it was also an important time at which America grew and came together.