A crowd of over 2,000 came to Newport News shipyard today for the christening of the aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78). If you’re wondering what event can bring together Bobby Scott,Â Dick Cheney, Carl Levin, Donald Rumsfeld, Terry McAuliffe, Bob McDonnell and Susan Ford, you’ve found your answer. Â
The christening of the Ford ended with the daughter of the late President, Susan Ford Bales, smashing a sparkling bottle of wine on the carrier’s hull. Â A few speakers at the ceremony referred to the man the ship was named after in terms of how he brought the nation together at a difficult time. Â President Ford entered the White House as the 38th President of the U.S. after the resignation of Richard Nixon in the wake of the Watergate scandal.
President Ford, who famously protested the removal of black University of Michigan player Willis Ward in 1934 from a game against Georgia, carried the reputation as a stand up guy throughout his time in Congress and during his shirt time in the White House.
“President Ford led country out of the Watergate scandal,” said Rep. Scott, who represents the third district of Virginia where Newport News shipyard, established in 1886, is located.
“Gerald Ford sought to replace division and doubt with unity and hope. He took office at one of the most tumultuous moments in the history of our democratic system. His task was to calm Americaâ€™s stormy waters so that we could regain our self-confidence as a nation,” said Senator Carl Levin of Michigan said.