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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:37 PM
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NYT: Infamous ‘Drop Dead’ Was Never Said by Ford

By SAM ROBERTS
Published: December 28, 2006

Gerald R. Ford and Marie Antoinette did not have much in common, but being misquoted cost both of them their jobs.

In Hollywood’s latest biography of the French queen, she denies having callously suggested that breadless peasants eat cake instead. “I never said that,” the actress Kirsten Dunst pouts. “I wonder why people keep saying I did.”

Mr. Ford, on Oct. 29, 1975, gave a speech denying federal assistance to spare New York from bankruptcy. The front page of The Daily News the next day read: “FORD TO CITY: DROP DEAD.”

Mr. Ford never explicitly said “drop dead.” Yet those two words, arguably the essence of his remarks as encapsulated in the immortal headline, would, as he later acknowledged, cost him the presidency the following year, after Jimmy Carter, nominated by the Democrats in New York, narrowly carried the state.


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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/28/nyregion/28veto.html?...
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The Daily News front page on October 30, 1975, after Mr. Ford said that he would not approve federal help for the city.



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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:40 PM
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1. yeah he used more words than that
but his actions said it anyway

that is an embarrassingly bad essay, what kirsten dunst said in a movie is not proof of anything marie antoinette thought or did anyway
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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:46 PM
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3. What a furor this headline caused!
Ford's decision to deny a bailout to New York City was interpreted by the New York Post as telling the city to "drop dead". It really did galvanize the city in its anger towards former President Ford.

It was definitely one of the chief reasons why he lost the New York vote.
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Kagemusha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 08:43 PM
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2. So the Daily News paraphrased what it thought Ford meant.
They've done it to others once or twice...
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:01 PM
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4. No one ever said it was a quote
Does anyone see any quotation marks?

It was an abstraction of actions taken, or not taken.

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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:05 PM
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5. Exactly. Ford's inaction to fiscally rescue the City of New York was interpreted by
New Yorkers as his telling them to "drop dead".

In the passage of time, that headline has passed into folklore as Ford having uttered those words. If you're old enough to remember this banner, as you and I are, it was simply the New York Post's summation of the bailout denial.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:06 PM
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6. Actually it was the Daily News
but, yeah... and being a New Yorker, it felt like it at the time
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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:10 PM
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7. Thanks . . . my bad
I meant to say The New York Daily News.

Ford's refusal to offer bankruptcy assistance to The Big Apple was definitely construed as a kick in the teeth to everybody. It was as if he wanted New York City to slide into receivership.
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:13 PM
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8. Well, Republicans made fortunes on the
bailout which did eventually come.

Never underestimate the greed of the GOP.
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Penndems Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 09:18 PM
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9. Amen to THAT, Scooter!
:thumbsup: :applause:
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-31-06 12:12 AM
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10. And then there's this
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