WORST: 1. Leslie Lynch King Sr.
Brinkley, the historian, doesn’t hesitate when choosing the worst dad to a modern president. Hands down, Gerald Ford’s father. The heavy-drinking King was abusive, and Ford’s mother left him 16 days after Ford’s birth. After a divorce, Ford’s biological father refused to pay child support. Ford, given the last name of his stepfather, is believed to have met his biological father only once. “His father gave him away,’’ Brinkley said.