Gerald Rudolph Ford on this day August 9, 1974 in the East Room of the White House was sworn in as the 38th President of the United States of America by Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller who was nominated August 20, 1974. Throughout Ford’s political career he was fond of saying that he had “many adversaries, but not one enemy” on Capital Hill. Gerald Ford was born on July 14, 1913 in Omaha, Nebraska and died just last December 26, 2006, in Rancho Mirage Ca. The Bible that was used at Fords Inauguration was held by his wife Betty and it was opened to Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. President Ford.