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On Leadership

Giving Gerald Ford's presidency another look

By Lillian Cunningham

September 18, 2016 at 5:41 PM

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post)

In the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, we look at the legacy of Gerald Ford—who took over the vice presidency following Spiro Agnew's resignation as vice president...and then took over the White House following President Nixon's resignation in 1974. This unique series of events made Ford the only president in American history who reached the nation's top spot without having been elected to office by the nation's voters.

For the episode, the president's son Steven Ford joins White House photographer David Hume Kennerly and Berkeley professor Daniel Sargent to talk about how Gerald Ford's experience working across the aisle in Congress affected his leadership style as president.

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In previous episodes of the Presidential podcast, we've explored topics like Theodore Roosevelt's heartbreak and the violent life of Andrew Jackson. The podcast is hosted by Lillian Cunningham, editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section.

As listeners tune in each week, the podcast reveals the ways in which our collective sense of what's 'presidential' has evolved over the years and how each president—esteemed, loathed or nearly forgotten—has something to tell us about what it takes to hold the nation's highest office.

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Lillian Cunningham is the creator and host of the "Presidential" and "Constitutional" podcasts. She was previously a feature writer for and editor of The Washington Post's On Leadership section, for which she received two Emmy Awards for her interviews with leaders in politics, business and the arts.

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On Leadership

Giving Gerald Ford's presidency another look

By Lillian Cunningham

September 18, 2016 at 5:41 PM

(Backgrounds by Craig & Karl for The Washington Post; Photo by Amy King/The Washington Post)

In the newest episode of the Presidential podcast, we look at the legacy of Gerald Ford—who took over the vice presidency following Spiro Agnew's resignation as vice president...and then took over the White House following President Nixon's resignation in 1974. This unique series of events made Ford the only president in American history who reached the nation's top spot without having been elected to office by the nation's voters.

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