LeAnn Meets President Ford

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 6th, 2008

President Ford on the lawnIn 1975 LeAnn was greeted in Vietnam with, “Have you heard the news? President Ford has okayed Operation Babylift!” In 2000, LeAnn was greeted by President Ford himself. When he heard she was speaking in his summer hometown, he asked to meet her.

A hug from President FordDuring their visit he said, “The fall of Saigon was the saddest day of my life.” As they talked, LeAnn shared with him details of one of the few good things to come from the Vietnam tragedy – the rescue of 3000 children. She gave him a copy of her book, This Must be My Brother, telling the story of Operation Babylift and how in the midst of the chaos, a baby boy crawled into her arms and heart.

The President smiled to receive a photo of her grown son, Mitch, and another photo of a 25th Operation Babylift reunion. President Ford introduced LeAnn at the Vail conference, then stayed for her keynote address. During their time together, LeAnn shared with him the joy his courageous decision brought, not only to the adoptive families, but to this nation.

Click below to play President Ford’s message

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