Press Conference No. 1 of the President of the United States
President Ford held the first press conference of his administration on August 28, 1974. Both he and Mrs. Ford had scheduled press conferences for that day, but in his opening remarks the President explained their compromise: “She will postpone her press conference until next week, and until then, I will be making my own breakfast, my own lunch and my own dinner.”
Over the course of half an hour the press corps asked President Ford about a wide range of topics, including the economy, his first 19 days in office, and the selection of Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President. They also touched on foreign relation issues such as oil prices, U.S. policy towards Cuba, and the continuation of SALT talks with the Soviet Union.
Several of the questions, including the first one, showed a recurring theme: Richard Nixon and the continuing issues surrounding Watergate. President Ford told reporters “until any legal process has been undertaken, I think it is unwise and untimely for me to make any commitment,” but did not rule out the possibility of granting a pardon to former President Nixon. “It is an option and a proper option for any President,” he said.