The swearing in of President Gerald Ford by Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, with Mrs. Ford looking on
Ford chose the liberal Governor of New York, Nelson Rockefeller, as Vice President, angering the conservative Republicans, and not for the first time. His time in office included issuing amnesty for draft dodgers, support for abortion rights and outspoken support of the “equal rights amendment” which failed to pass. With the advent of the “swine flu epidemic”, Ford urged every American to be vaccinated. He resisted billions in aid to Israel and faced powerful resistance from men of both parties. The media portrayed him as a clumsy oaf and klutz, the exact opposite of his actual life. He was the target of two failed assassination attempts. A number of his fiscal policies reflected his more conservative instincts in economics.
Following the September 5, 1975 assassination attempt, Secret Service agents rush President Ford towards the California State Capitol in Sacramento