When Richard Nixon resigned as president in 1974, the United States was in turmoil.
It needed a leader. It needed a man of character to right the ship. It needed an Eagle Scout.
A new documentary on the National Geographic Channel highlights Gerald R. Ford, the man who is (at least so far) the only Eagle Scout to become U.S. president.
The film, narrated by Jeff Daniels, shows how important character and trust are in the world’s most powerful position. It shows how Ford built bipartisan support, united a nation and gained respect from world leaders.
Not bad for a man who never even wanted to be president.
With the current state of social and political unrest in this country, the timing of this film’s look back at Ford’s legacy seems especially prescient.
Gerald R. Ford: A Test of Character debuts at 9 p.m. (Eastern and Pacific) Friday, May 27, on the National Geographic Channel.
Host a watch party
Consider gathering your troop, crew, team, post or ship for a viewing party Friday night.
Bring some snacks and sodas and plan to discuss the role this Eagle Scout played in American history.
Can’t make Friday night work? The film will be available on demand after its initial airing.
An Eagle Scout interviewed Gerald Ford’s daughter, Susan, for this Facebook video on behalf of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.