In a rare trip Former Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, with President at the time Reagan, and Vice President Bush flew to the funeral of Anwar Al Sadat. All of them had dealt with the middle eastern leader, even admired him in one way or another.
Crew from the flight reported that the current President and Vice President were locked away in meetings most of the trip. Former President Nixon had rested nearly the entire flight. Carter and Ford, who had become friends in the last year and would grow closer in the following decade, sat to discuss three things
- The Bible - they had even requested to borrow the copy kept on Air Force One to settle a debate (which Ford won)
- Presidential Libraries - how to raise money and where to place them, and finally
- Presidential Funerals - how to be remembered.