I have no comprehensive brief against President Ford, and even as a young liberal I agreed that pardoning Richard Nixon was the right thing to do. But if Bob Woodward's reporting is accurate, it was granted for exactly the wrong reason:
"I looked upon him as my personal friend. And I always treasured our relationship. And I had no hesitancy about granting the pardon, because I felt that we had this relationship and that I didn't want to see my real friend have the stigma," Ford said in the interview.
Earlier in this story Woodward writes This and other previously unpublished transcripts of their calls, documents and personal letters provide a portrait of an intensely personal friendship dating to the late 1940s but so hidden that few others were even aware of it. No argument there.