Saying Goodbye to a President

January 2, 2007

A very public and emotional goodbye or the country's 38-th president, at an invitation only memorial service for former president Gerald Ford, was attended by close friends, family and dignitairies at the Washington National Cathedral. Susan Roberts has more on this national day of mourning.

A solemn tribute and final goodbye at Washington's National Cathedral to a husband of 58 years, a father, and a friend and president of the united states.

It was in 1974 that Gerald Ford stepped in as president. Right after the Watergate scandal, he took a chance, doing what he thought was right, in pardoning former president Richard Nixon. It was a time of great divide, but he brought the country back together. And for that so many are grateful.

The body of the late president arrived in Washington D.C. with military honors. Ford was a navy lieutenant commander before entering into politics. It has been said that the presidency wasn't even the office he had his eye on.

It was actually speaker of the house, but that wasn't to be. He was elected minority leader and for that he was honored earlier in the day, as his flag draped coffin was brought down the east capitol steps.

Today's ceremonies mark the end of four days full of tribute in the nation's capitol. The public had its chance to say goodbye, as have members of the Ford administration. There was not a lot of pomp and circumstance, but it was just as the nation's 38th president had wished.

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