Former US Secretary of State James Baker honors President Ford
Caroline MacGregor July 14, 2014 | WGVU
Secretary of State James Baker flew 14 hours from the country of Georgia to
attend a wreath-laying ceremony at the Ford Presidential Museum to commemorate
President Ford’s 101st birthday. One of four wreaths placed at the graves of President
Ford and First Lady Betty Ford was sent by President Barack Obama.
the ceremony, Baker was honored with the Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship
Medal during a luncheon at the Amway Grand Plaza.
“He quickly became one of dad's closest advisers but rest assured that dad knew exactly why this humble Texan was so extraordinary.”
Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, introducing Baker who served as Chief of
Staff in both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, and served as
Secretary of State under Bush from 1989 until 1992.
“It's a real joy for me to be back in Grand Rapids, a real joy to be back at the Ford library, we had a wonderful wreath laying ceremony for President and Mrs. Ford this morning and I'm just delighted to be here.”
recipients of the Col. Ralph W. Hauenstein Fellowship include former Secretary
of State Madeleine Albright, former National Security Advisor Brent Scowcroft,
and posthumously to President Gerald R. Ford.
coincided with a ribbon cutting ceremony for Taking the Seas: Rise of the
American Aircraft Carrier, a recently completed and now open to the public
exhibit at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum.
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