Other Ford follow-ups included fuller details on the funeral plans. CBS' Bill Whitaker claimed that Ford never wanted a full state funeral: "The humble man had to be persuaded…still it will be simpler than some." ABC's Dean Reynolds received a guided tour of Ford's Presidential Library in Grand Rapids. The exhibit includes Ford's shortlist recommendations to Nixon for the VP job he eventually landed himself: John Connally, Melvin Laird, Nelson Rockefeller, Ronald Reagan.
CBS' Hattie Kauffman and NBC's Campbell Brown covered Ford's widow Betty yesterday. ABC played catch-up with A Closer Look, running clips from White House profiles by Barbara Walters. Years before Ford confessed to her alcoholism and pill addiction in 1987, she was slurring her words with Walters. "The First Lady was visibly impaired," ABC's Kate Snow showed us.
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