LITTLE ROCK (AP) _ Governor Mike Huckabee remembers President Gerald Ford as providing an unusual sense of candor about his own humanness that the country needed immediately after the Watergate scandal.
The term-limited Republican governor told Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends program this morning that Ford's open discussion of his personal faith and reliance on God served as an inspiration. A Southern Baptist minister himself, Huckabee believes that faith was needed in the wake of President Richard Nixon's resignation.
But even as comedians skewered Ford's gaffes and falls, Huckabee says those caricatures became sort of the conventional wisdom of who he was.
"I think it changed the way we look at, cover and even think about politics and politicians, said Huckabee.
Ford, the nation's 38th president, died last night at his desert home in Rancho Mirage, California.