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A “Champion swimmer” trophy awarded to Gerald R. Ford at summer camp in 1927.

photo: A5406-07
President Ford enjoys his first of what would become almost daily swims in the brand new White House pool, just outside the Oval Office. July 1, 1975


President Ford was comfortable around the photographers, and knew most of them by name.  He appreciated both their cutting sense of humor and their absolute discretion. When he tripped and fell down the steps of Air Force One arriving in Austria, and the pictures of that embarrassing moment were in the papers around the world, he said, ‘If they had missed the shot, they might have lost their jobs.’

                                                --David Hume Kennerly