“I looked upon him as my personal friend. And I had no hesitancy about granting the pardon because I felt that we had this relationship and I didn’t want to see my real friend have the stigma,” Ford told journalist Bob Woodward in the interview.
Ford had long said he pardoned Nixon because he wanted to mend the divisions of Watergate. In his speech announcing the pardon, he acknowledged his friendship with Nixon but said his concern was for the country and not personal sympathy for the disgraced former U.S. leader.
OK, no more bunk about the pardon healing the country. The “long national nightmare” was not Watergate, it was Vietnam. Just as Iraq is today.