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The White House

Bill Brockett with President Ford in the Oval Office in 1975

The President's Dog Trainer

On July 1st of 1974, Army Specialist Bill Brockett was assigned to the White House Communications Agency — one month and nine days before the resignation of President Richard Nixon. Bill is believed to be the only person, living or dead, to personally witness the resignation speech from inside the Oval Office, Mr. Nixon’s farewell address to the White House Staff the following morning, the Nixon’s helicopter departure from the South Lawn, and the swearing in of Gerald Ford in the East Room — all within just 16 unforgettable hours.

“To Bill Brockett, in appreciation of our friendship and your many kindnesses. With warmest best wishes. Jerry Ford”
— Handwritten note on a photo from President Ford

By October of that year Bill had taken on the additional volunteer job of training the president’s Golden Retriever, Liberty, and soon became a trusted unofficial personal advisor to President Ford at the age of twenty-four.

Learn about (and pre-order) Bill’s soon-to-be published book about his White House experiences entitled “Follow The Yellow Line” by visiting

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