| Gerald Ford
| Character Information
Gerald Ford is a former U.S. President who moved into Homer Simpson's neighborhood.
Immediately after George Bush moved out of the big house on Evergreen Terrace, Ford moved in. In sharp contrast to Bush, with whom Homer got along very poorly, Homer and Ford became fast friends. They discovered they had a lot of things in common, including a love for football, nachos and beer. They were also both prone to clumsiness.
Ford later appeared on the TV special Krusty Komedy Klassic, but the appearance did not go well. Krusty gave Ford a glowing introduction, describing him as a "great American", but when Ford thanked Krusty for the invitation, Krusty said, "All the good Presidents turned us down." Ford then began to talk about the Boy Scouts (a subject very important to him), but was quickly interrupted by Krusty making faces in the background. In an attempt to get Ford to forget about his antics, Krusty asked how his wife Nancy was, but Ford sharply corrected him, saying that his wife's name was Betty.
Behind the Laughter
- Gerald Ford was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977. He has the historical distinction of being the only person to serve as both Vice-President and President without being elected to either office. Ford was appointed Vice-President when Spiro Agnew (who served as Vice-President under Richard Nixon) resigned in October 1973, and succeeded to the Presidency when Nixon resigned in August 1974.
- In spite of his past athletic accomplishments (such as playing football in college), Ford acquired a reputation for being clumsy when he tripped and fell down the steps of Air Force One in 1975.
- In real life, Ford was involved in the Boy Scouts and attained the program's highest rank, Eagle Scout.
- According to the commentary for "Two Bad Neighbors", Richard Nixon was originally going to play Ford's role. After his death, it was changed to Bob Dole, and finally to Ford because the writers believed he would be the best politician to represent Homer.