Was Bob Woodward waiting for Gerald Ford to die?

Ford Disagreed With Bush About Invading Iraq

I mean, did he even wait for the guy’s body to get cold before filing this?

The shame. The shame.

Meanwhile, Frank Warner comments on Woodward’s piece and Ford’s statements: Gerald Ford: Don’t free people if liberation doesn’t serve U.S. interests

And Dean Esmay plays a bit of “what if?”:

But let us pretend, for the sake of the argument, that he had not pardoned Nixon for his Watergate malfeasance.

Go read.


  1. I hesitate to bring this up, but given his previous record is Woodward credibile here? Do we even know that this conversation took place, much less how Woodward portrays it?

  2. Woodward has an audio tape of the Gerald Ford interview. There is no tape of Woodward’s probably faked ‘secret deathbed interview’ of CIA director William Casey.

  3. The NY Daily News says otherwise: http://www.nydailynews.com/front/story/483757p-407239c.html ‘Ford was a few weeks shy of his 93rd birthday as we chatted for about 45 minutes. He’d been visited by President Bush three weeks earlier and said he’d told Bush he supported the war in Iraq but that the 43rd President had erred by staking the invasion on weapons of mass destruction. ‘Saddam Hussein was an evil person and there was justification to get rid of him,’ he observed, ‘but we shouldn’t have put the basis on weapons of mass destruction. That was a bad mistake. Where does [Bush] get his advice?”

  4. Yes, I heard the tape later on the radio. I agree, however, that it is telling that Woodward couldn’t wait a decent interval to release this.