On August 10, 1974, a Marine Corps captain was conducting an inspection of the platoon I was serving in during my second summer of Officer Candidate School in Quantico. I remember standing at attention next to Candidate Burgess from Virginia. The captain asked Candidate Burgess who is the commander and chief of the United States of America. He replied in a loud voice, the Honorable Jerry Ford sir! The captain immediately responded candidate are you on a first name basis with the President of the United States! This moment of humor in a tense time in history put everything in perspective the day after President Nixon resigned from office in disgrace. It taught me the United States of America has survived whoever the president is in office. It also teaches me not to put my faith in men or women but to trust in God.
Some today see the complete collapse of hope and others see nothing but happy days are here again. Neither is a reality, but it gives us pause to pray for our leaders and remember that it is God who is in control of our lives and nation.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7