December 27 2006, 9:18 PM
Former President and part-time Vail resident Gerald Ford died on Tuesday, and while pundits discussed Ford's accomplishments and his place in the historical record, all I could think about was his animated appearance on The Simpsons. In the episode called "Two Bad Neighbors," Homer fights with former President George H.W. Bush until Bush finally moves away. And who should move in next? Gerald Ford. Here's the closing sequence:
Gerry: Hi! Pleased to meet you, I just moved in. My name is Gerry Ford. Homer: [gasps] Former President Gerald Ford? Put her there! I'm Homer Simpson! Gerry: Say, Homer, do you like football? Homer: Do I ever! Gerry: Do you like nachos? Homer: Yes, Mr. Ford. Gerry: Well, why don't you come over and watch the game, and we'll have nachos? And then, some beer. Homer: Ooh! [they walk across the street] Gerry, I think you and I are going to get along just -- [they both trip] Both: D'oh!