Monday, November 26, 2012

Presidential Children

So I was reading an article about Jenna Bush Hager's new job at Southern Living and I happened on this other article on a panel of presidentail children talking about their time in the White House. I found the stories from Steve Ford fun and interesting:
Steve Ford garnered laughs during a panel discussion Thursday with fellow children of former presidents as he recalled dragging a stereo onto the roof with a friend his first night there in 1974.

A teenager at the time his father took office, he said, "I think we were playing like Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to Heaven.' Literally, it was like 'Dumb and Dumber.'"


Ford noted that his family got to the White House in a "different way." His father was appointed vice president after the resignation of Spiro Agnew, and then became president after the resignation of Richard Nixon.


He noted that Nixon's presidency ended so abruptly that the Nixon family's possessions were still being packed after Ford was sworn in, so the Ford family returned to their suburban Washington home for several days.


After his father was sworn in, his mother, Betty Ford, fixed the family dinner.


"She looks over at my dad and says, 'Gerry, something's wrong here. You just became president of the United States and I'm still cooking,'" he said.

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