"Let's talk about the future. We have had miseries before. But we've always overcome before": Signed limited first edition of Gerald Ford's A Vision for America; One of 500 numbered copies signed by him

  • A Vision for America.
  • A Vision for America.

A Vision for America.


Item Number: 95849

Northridge, California: Lord John Press, 1980.

Signed limited first edition of Ford’s Address to the Republican National Convention held at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan on July 14, 1980. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece engraved portrait of Ford, gilt presidential seal to the title page. One of 500 numbered copies signed by the author, this is number 57. In near fine condition.

President Gerald Ford, who assumed office at the resignation of President Nixon in 1974, delivered this speech to the 1980 Republican National Convention on July 14, shortly before Ronald Reagan accepted the party’s nomination for president. Not long before Ford delivered this Vision for America to the convention, he had been approached by Reagan to be his running mate. “For hours representatives of the two men, with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger acting for Ford, negotiated the outlines of a possible Reagan-Ford Administration… But the negotiators were unable to reach a formula that satisfied Ford’s desire to be more than a traditional vice president while also giving Reagan a free hand to govern as chief executive. Ford nevertheless worked on the 1980 campaign trail for Reagan and his running mate, George Bush” (New York Times). In this speech Ford tells his fellow Republicans: “when you field the team for Governor Reagan, count me in… We’re going to live up to America’s greatness. America must lead again, and with your help it will.” At President Ford’s death in 2006, President George W. Bush honored him as “a man of complete integrity who led our country with common sense and kind instincts” (New York Times).

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