President Ford's Remarks after being Sworn in
as President, August 1974
I believe that truth is the glue that holds government
together, not only our Government but civilization itself. That bond, though
strained, is unbroken at home and abroad.
In all my public and private acts as your President, I
expect to follow my instincts of openness and candor with full confidence
that honesty is always the best policy in the end.
My fellow Americans, our long national nightmare is
Our Constitution works; our great Republic is a
government of laws and not of men. Here the people rule. But there is a
higher Power, by whatever name we honor Him, who ordains not only
righteousness but love, not only justice but mercy.
As we bind up the internal wounds of Watergate, more
painful and more poisonous than those of foreign wars, let us restore the
golden rule to our political process, and let brotherly love purge our
hearts of suspicion and of hate.