Republican National Chairman George Bush, left, chats with Vice President Gerald Ford in Washington Dec. 18, 1973.
California Governor Ronald Reagan laughs at something said by Vice President Gerald Ford during a luncheon April 21, 1974.
New President Gerald Ford addresses the media in the East Wing of the White House on Aug. 9, 1974, after being sworn in following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
First lady Betty Ford holds onto the Bible that her husband, Gerald Ford, used to take the oath as the President of the United States in Washington on Aug. 9, 1974.
President Gerald Ford surfaces for air while swimming in the pool of his home in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 11, 1974. While living in the White House, Mr. Ford swam every day, skied regularly and played golf and tennis better than most other presidents, historians say.
President and Mrs. Gerald Ford dance during a state dinner at the White House on Aug. 22, 1974.
President Ford, left, comedian Bob Hope, right, and an unidentified man visit first lady Betty Ford at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md., during her recovery from breast cancer surgery, Oct. 5, 1974.
President Gerald Ford and his daughter Susan sit on the White House lawn and watch Liberty, a golden retriever given to the president by his daughter and White House photographer David Kennerly Oct. 6, 1974.
President Gerald Ford and his daughter Susan prepare for a White House diplomatic reception in 1974. Susan served as the official hostess while her mother recovered from breast cancer surgery.
President and Mrs. Gerald Ford wave to well-wishers from their private quarters at the White House on Oct. 15, 1974. The Fords were celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary.
President Gerald Ford demonstrates his skill on a trampoline as his daughter Susan looks on at Camp David, Md., in 1974.
President and Mrs. Gerald Ford prepare for a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in 1974.
President Gerald Ford holds a bottle for a young deer as first lady Betty Ford and their youngest children, Steve and Susan, look on at Camp David, Md., in 1974.
President Ford and his golden retriever, Liberty, in the Oval Office on Nov. 7, 1974. The Fords acquired Liberty as a puppy in the fall of 1974. She grew up in the White House and even gave birth to her first litter of puppies there.
Musicians Billy Preston and George Harrison visit with President Ford in the Oval Office on Dec. 13, 1974.
President Gerald Ford models a sombrero for his wife after returning from a visit with the president of Mexico in 1974.
President Gerald Ford waves during a parade in Traverse City, Mich., July 11, 1975. Also seated in front are first lady Betty Ford and Michigan Gov. William Milliken. Behind Ford is then-Sen. Robert Griffin.
President Gerald Ford skiing at Vail, Colo., December 1974. Ford was in good physical condition when he became president at age 61. While living in the White House, he swam every day and skied regularly.
Mike, Gayle, President Ford, Mrs. Ford, Jack, Susan, and Steve pose for a family photo on the South Lawn of the White House on Sept. 6, 1976.
President Ronald Reagan, joined by former Presidents Richard Nixon, left, Gerald Ford, and Jimmy Carter, right, toast each other in the Blue Room at the White House Oct. 8, 1981 as the four met before the departure of the three former presidents to Cairo for the funeral of Anwar Sadat.