Hail to the Chief: Gerald Ford, 38th President of the U.S.

President Gerald Ford, the only U.S. President never elected Vice President or President—led America in the turbulent aftermath of Watergate from 1974 to 1977.

On July 4, 1976, as America celebrated its 200th anniversary, President Ford’s speech reflected on the history, but also the future, of the United States.

He compared the bicentennial celebration with the Jubilee Year as the “land of promise” mentioned in Leviticus. Standing in front of the Liberty bell, he read its inscription from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”

He explained. . .“Every 50th year, the Jubilee restored the land and the equality of persons that prevailed when the children of Israel entered the land of promise. . .both gifts came from God!”

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