WILMINGTON -- Wilmington historian Wilbur Jones spent a lot of time with President Gerald Ford. He says even through the most difficult of times, Ford stood out and was one of the country's greatest leaders.
Jones served as assistant and advanced representative to Ford from 1975 to 1976. His duties included organizing all White House events and Ford's travel, both domestic and foreign.
Jones says under the pressure following Watergate and Nixon's pardon, there was no one more fit for the presidency than Ford.
Jones says while news of Ford's recent illnesses has been well publicized, word of his death still caught him off guard. He is feeling a great sense of loss, as is the country.