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Wednesday, 27 December, 2006

Commentaries about President Ford keep coming in. He was either just the right man at the right time or he enabled the Neo-Conservative movement by pardoning Nixon and most of his cronies. Hindsight is 20/20, and you’ll need to do more than reinterpret his entry in Wikipedia to impress the modern cynical news consumer, College Boy.

Far more of these than not reference his line: “I am a Ford, not a Lincoln”. No one noted that this line was uttered in planned response to whether he would assume the presidency, and his plans thereafter. I’ve read and heard this over and over again today. To this jackanape, it raises a question: Does the automotive pun inherent in this statement make sense to anyone outside North America? Lincoln automobiles, the premium brand of the Ford Company, are all but unknown elsewhere.

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