GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Former president Gerald Ford had a reputation for stumbling and bumping his head. But Thursday it was President Reagan's turn, and Ford got the save.
Reagan had an awkward moment when he stumbled visibly as he stepped out of Air Force One to decend the ramp on arriving for the dedication of Ford's presidential museum.
Ford had gone up the steps moments before to welcome Reagan to Grand Rapids on a gloomy, rainy day. As Reagan emerged at the top of the steps, wearing a tan raincoat, he stumbled.
It was Ford, right behind him, who grabbed his arm and escorted him down the steps.
Throughout his campaign in 1976, Ford's stumbles were well publicized .
His most classic moment was in Salzburg, Austria, when he slipped on the steps on his arrival for a state visit. It was raining then too.