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 trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7