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After the revelations of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon announces to the nation on August 8, 1974, that he will resign the presidency at noon the following day.


Nixon Resigns in Historic Primetime Farewell

Six years to the day after he was nominated by the Republican Party to be President, Richard Nixon last night resigned as Chief Executive &mdash an historic, unprecedented event which was viewed by millions of Americans over the electronic miracle known as television.

CBS, NBC and ABC all aired the farewell address of President Nixon, as he confirmed earlier reports that he was resigning &mdash all the backlash of Watergate and what had been a pending impeachment hearing in the House and possible trial and conviction in the Senate.

Nixon, who for almost all of his political career was at odds with the news media, did not take any parting shots at tv news in his resignation, a fact duly noted by CBS’ Eric Sevareid, himself often the target of Administration criticism when it had zeroed in on tv’s “instant analyses.” So sharp was CBS reaction to such criticism that it dropped those for a time.

Sevareid also observed that Nixon’s farewell was unlike that of former Vice President Agnew, who when he resigned last year assailed the tv news media and press.

President Nixon appeared a bit grim in his final appearance as the nation’s leader, but he was in control of his emotions. It was one of the shortest Nixon speeches in memory, just 16 minutes long.

The President’s resignation, due to the fact he had lost almost all support in Congress and thus faced the alternative of conviction in the Senate, undoubtedly drew a record number of viewers for an address by a politician.

Richard Nixon at the White House with his family after his resignation as President. photo credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Net Skeds Wrecked

Nixon’s history-making move played havoc with network schedules, as they junked regular primetime programming for special news reports, reaction from here and abroad, devoting the entire night and then some to the ramifications of the Presidential decision.

ABC-TV was on until the wee hours of this ayem, with the focus on reaction, as correspondents were brought in from all over the world via satellite to bring the American public global response to Nixon’s action. Domestic reaction was not overlooked.

CBS-TV also junked its regular sked, and was on until 4 a.m. Coaat time, with reaction from around the world via satellite, as well as on the home front.

NBC-TV, too, turned the night over to coverage of the fast-breaking Washington events, with its final coverage at 11 p.m. Johnny Carson’s “Tonight”show was bumped by the news special, as were the primetime programs.

All three networks were on before Nixon’s address, covering all aspects of the President’s situation, Watergate, the events leading to the unprecedented resignation. Walter Cronkite anchored it all for CBS John Chancellor, for NBC Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner for ABC.

There was irony in Nixon’s fateful move being proclaimed on television, a medium he has bitterly assailed many times during his political career, charging tv news with “liberal bias,” with slanting news, with unfairness in its coverage of him. As a matter of fact, no Chief Executive in the 26-year history of the electronic medium has ever waged such an all-out assault on tv as had Nixon, the barrage reaching its peak with tongue-lashings aimed at tv news by former Vice President Agnew.

It is probable no President has used tv as extensively as has Nixon during the years he functioned as Chief Executive. He had been on CBS on 164 occasions since his inauguration Jan. 20, 1969. That network had no figures to compare this with previous Presidential tv appearances.

Nixon appeared on NBC 75 times, with major addresses or press conferences, those appearances totalling 48 hours, 38 minutes. This was over the 5𔈄- year period since he became President. By comparison, the late President Johnson was on NBC 97 times, but the total for those appearances amounted to 47 hours, and it was over a longer period of time, from Nov. 22,1963, to Jan. 20, 1969.

ABC reported he was on that network 78 times since his first inauguration, that this added up to a total of 38 hours and 37 minutes.

No Friend Of Tv

Nixon was no friend of the tube, and it was while he was President that the Federal Communications Commission hit tv hard in many ways, including slapping network primetime with the access rule the Dept. of Justice-pressed antitrust action against the nets he appointed a director of telecommunications, Clay T. Whitehead, whose main job initially seemed to be lashing out at tv with special attention to tv news.

It was the Nixon Administration which took great umbrage over the CBS spec. “The Selling Of The Pentagon,” a show critical of Pentagon p.r. methods. That hassle resulted in the government taking CBS to court, with the network eventually the winner, a victory which scarcely eased the Administration ire against tv news.

Nixon’s antagonism to tv undoubtedly began in the 1960 campaign in which his opponent was John F. Kennedy. Turning point there were those Kennedy Nixon debates, and Nixon always blaming tv for this, claiming the tv cameras made him look less than good.


Anniversary of Richard Nixon's Resignation: Six Headlines From 1974

On August 8, 1974, then-President Richard Nixon announced in a televised address that he was resigning as president of the United States and would be replaced by then-Vice President Gerald Ford.

Nixon's resignation came in the face of almost certain impeachment over the Watergate scandal, making him the first president in history to step down before his term was over. During his televised speech, he said that he always "tried to do what was best for the nation," but decided to resign after determining that his political base wasn't strong enough to continue with the constitutional process.

"I have never been a quitter," he told the public. "To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as president, I must put the interest of America first. America needs a full-time president and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad."

He added that fighting for his "personal vindication" would "totally absorb" both his and Congress' time, which needed to be spent solving problems plaguing America both at home and abroad.

In a time when the news cycle was confined to printing one paper per day, local and national outlets published the news on August 9, 1974&mdashNixon's last day in office.

Displayed in all capitalized letters across the front of The New York Times was "Nixon Resigns," followed underneath with, "He Urges a Time of 'Healing' Ford Will Take Office Today."

The New York Daily News also put "Nixon Resigns" in big, bold letters spanning almost half the front cover of the paper and added, "Acts in 'Interest of Nation,' Asks for End to Bitterness." At the bottom of the cover page, newspaper buyers were informed that "Ford Will Take Oath at Noon, Kissinger Agrees to Stay On."

"In an emotion-filled, nationally televised speech, the culmination of weeks and months of pressure, Nixon said Vice President Ford would be sworn to succeed him at noon tomorrow. 'The leadership of America will be in good hands,' Nixon said, his voice wavering," the New York Daily News article explained.

The Chicago Tribune also announced "Nixon resigns" and quoted part of his speech that said, "America needs a full-time president."

On the cover of The Philadelphia Inquirer, editors wrote, "Nixon Resigns Ford Steps Up," and accompanied the two front-page stories with a photo of Nixon embracing his wife, then-First Lady Pat Nixon, and a separate photo of Ford.

Splayed across the top of The Washington Post were just two words, "Nixon Resigns." The Washington Post published the Pentagon Papers leaked by Daniel Ellsberg that led to Nixon's administration bringing criminal charges against him and ultimately brought about the Watergate scandal.

"Nixon Farewell," was bolded and put in all capitalized letters on the cover of the Los Angeles Times, along with a smaller font that read, "Resigns in 'Interests of Nation,' Hopes Action Will Heal Wounds of Watergate."

On Nixon's last day in the White House, he gave a formal farewell speech to his staff, which included emotional stories about his parents and the pride he took in working alongside the people who were employed by the White House.

His daughter, Julie Eisenhower, told Barbara Walters that her father "let his guard down" during the speech and ABC News reported his other daughter, Tricia, wrote in her diary that it was the first time people "were able to see daddy as he really was."

Shortly after the speech, Nixon and his wife boarded a helicopter and left the White House, where they had lived for over five years. Ford went on to finish out the rest of Nixon's term.


The Public and Watergate

The public's attitude about the Watergate scandal is somewhat mixed. Over four in ten Americans in Gallup and AP polls since 1982 have said that Watergate was "just politics, the sort of thing that both parties do," while about half have said it was "very serious matter because it revealed corruption in the Nixon administration." However, a full three-quarters of the public said in a 1982 Gallup poll that Nixon's actions regarding Watergate were significant enough to warrant his resignation. This number dropped as low as 58% in a 1997 AP poll, and had climbed back to 63% when ABC asked the question in 2002.


Keeping Campaign Promises

After taking office, President Nixon kept some of his campaign promises, including appointing conservatives to the U.S. Supreme Court. The official White House site points out that Nixon also ended the military draft, implemented an environmental program and new anti-crime laws.

The first American astronauts successfully landed on the moon shortly after Nixon took office. Back on Planet Earth, Nixon became instrumental in helping reduce tensions between China and the U.S.S.R., successfully introducing a treaty to limit strategic nuclear weapons.

The Nixon Administration also relished in several other accomplishments. Some Americans likely feel that one of President Nixon’s greatest accomplishments was bringing an end to Americans fighting in Indochina.

In spite of Nixon’s accomplishments, it was his wrongful acts that he became most known for, ultimately leading to his downfall.


Richard Nixon (1913-1994)

Richard Nixon, 1960 © Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States and is the only one to resign from office, following the Watergate scandal. His presidency was also marked by the first moon landings.

Richard Milhous Nixon was born in California on 9 January 1913. He studied law and joined a law firm in his home state. In 1940, he married Patricia Ryan and they had two daughters. During World War Two, Nixon served with the US Navy in the Pacific.

Nixon was elected to Congress in 1946 and in 1950 he won a seat in the Senate, representing California.

In 1952, at the age of 39, Nixon was selected by Dwight Eisenhower to be his running mate in Eisenhower's presidential campaign. They won a resounding victory. As vice president, Nixon frequently stood in for Eisenhower at home and on trips abroad. Nixon and Eisenhower easily won re-election in 1956.

Nixon was nominated as the Republican candidate to run for president in 1960, but lost by a narrow margin to John F Kennedy. He returned to his former career as a lawyer. In 1968, he again received the Republican Party's nomination and won the presidential election.

The most important issue facing Nixon when he became president was the war in Vietnam. He began to withdraw American troops, but in April 1970, authorised the invasion of Cambodia to pursue North Vietnamese troops. Simultaneously, Nixon pursued a policy of improving relations with China and the Soviet Union, and in 1972 he visited both Beijing and Moscow.

Later the same year, Nixon was re-elected president in a landslide victory. In January 1973, a ceasefire was signed between the US and North Vietnam.

During the 1972 election campaign there was a break-in at the offices of the Democratic Party's national headquarters in the Watergate complex in Washington DC. Five men connected with Nixon's campaign team were arrested. Evidence of a cover-up was gradually uncovered and President Nixon was himself implicated. On 8 August 1974, following months of a growing sense of scandal, he announced his resignation. Vice President Gerald Ford was sworn in as president.

During his retirement Nixon travelled widely and published seven books. He died of a stroke on 22 April 1994.


The Kennedy Assassination (1963)

On November 22, 1963, the citizens of Dallas, Texas, found in their Dallas Morning News an unsigned leaflet titled "Wanted for Treason." At the top appeared John F. Kennedy's picture, and a list of reasons for the accusation. It was later discovered that it had been drafted at a Pepsi-Cola 'convention' in Dallas, by lawyers of the Rockefeller law firm of Nixon, Mudge, Rose, Guthrie, and Alexander, to be used as an attack on Kennedy during the 1963 Presidential campaign. There is more than one Kennedy Assassination researcher who feels that Nixon had prior knowledge of Kennedy's shooting, though no hard evidence has ever come to light.

While it is widely accepted that there was a conspiracy behind Kennedy's death, as the volumes of evidence prove, there has never been a single group pinpointed as the mastermind of such a plan. The complexities involved in such a cover-up certainly point to the Illuminati, because they are the only group in the world, operating behind the scenes, able to influence and control all the elements necessary to pull off something like this. His murder was carried out publicly, because they wanted the political leaders in this country to know who was in control.

Ten days before he was shot in Dallas, it has been reported that President Kennedy said in a speech at Columbia University: "The high office of President has been used to foment a plot to destroy the American's freedom, and before I leave office I must inform the citizen of this plight."

There has been a phenomenal amount of research done on the case of President Kennedy's murder, and it almost seems that when he died the tide changed in this country. The forces behind the assassination of Kennedy were able to change the course of history at will, and with the new-found confidence at their success, the power they gained literally allowed them to exert complete control over American government.

One fact that linked the Illuminati to the Kennedy conspiracy was the oil connection. Huge oil fields had been discovered off the coast of Vietnam in 1950, and Rockefeller was able to use oil as a ploy to ferment a fear that Vietnam would be lost to Communism, the way Cuba was. However, Kennedy wanted to end American involvement in the war, and in October, 1963, he recalled 1,000 so-called advisers. He planned to bring home all American soldiers by 1965. After Kennedy was eliminated, the U.S. government escalated the war in Vietnam. Billions of dollars was being made from the war, because war is good business. This money source would have ended otherwise.

The Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was initiated in 1942 by President Roosevelt as an offshoot of the Coordinator of Information, and President Truman was the one responsible for its evolution into the Central Intelligence Agency in 1947. He also began to see its growing power. In a column that appeared in the Washington Post on December 21, 1963, he revealed his feelings about the agency:

"For some time I have been disturbed by the way the CIA has been diverted from its original assignment. It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of the government. "

On January 16, 1961, in his 'Farewell to the Nation,' President Eisenhower said:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes."

Kennedy's hatred of the CIA was well-known. After the Bay of Pigs [Cuba] disaster, he fired CIA Director Allen Dulles (who had secretly developed plans to expand the Vietnam War), and said he wanted "to splinter the CIA in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds." Using a federal statute, Kennedy was going to force J. Edgar Hoover, the aging Director of the FBI, to retire, because he wanted somebody who better represented his "New Frontier".

Conservative in his economics, it was his intention to circumvent the Federal Reserve by returning the authority to "coin and regulate money" back to the Congress rather than have it manipulated by the international bankers who print the money and then loan in back to the federal government -- with interest. On June 4, 1963, he signed Executive Order #11110 which called for the issuance of $4.3 billion in United States Notes through the U.S. Treasury, rather than the Federal Reserve, very similar to what Abraham Lincoln did.

The Order also provided for the issuance of:

". silver certificates against any silver bullion, silver, or standard silver dollars in the Treasury not then held for redemption of any outstanding silver certificates, to prescribe the denominations of such silver certificates, and to coin standard silver dollars and subsidiary silver currency for their redemption. "

This meant that for every ounce of silver in the U.S. Treasury's vault, the government could issue money against it. This resulted in the introduction of more than $4 billion worth of U.S. Notes into circulation, consisting of $2.00 and $5.00 bills and although they were never issued, $10.00 and $20.00 notes were in the process of being printed when Kennedy was killed. On Monday, November 25, 1963, the day of Kennedy's funeral, President Johnson signed an executive order to recall the U.S. Notes that had been issued by Kennedy's earlier directive, and five months later, the Series 1958 Silver Certificate was no longer issued and was subsequently removed from circulation.

And to top matters off, Kennedy advocated a strong West Germany, and after winning the showdown with Russia over Cuba, signed a limited nuclear test ban treaty with the Soviets. Needless to say, Kennedy's agenda was contrary to the plans for a New World Order. As Jacqueline Kennedy was getting ready to leave Air Force One when it arrived in Washington, still wearing the bloodstained clothing from Dallas, she said: "I want them to see what they have done." A very strange comment to make since Oswald [the "lone gunman"] was already in custody.


A Brief History Of Nixon's 'Saturday Night Massacre'

This weekend marks the 45th anniversary of the "Saturday Night Massacre," when Richard Nixon purged legal officials from the Justice Department. It led to Nixon's resignation the following year.

Forty-five years ago this Sunday morning, America was waking up to the news of Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre. President Nixon had upended the Justice Department, having let go of his attorney general, deputy attorney general and the special counsel investigating the Watergate scandal. President Trump is vocally frustrated with Robert Mueller's investigation, so could it happen again? Here's Ron Elving, NPR's senior editor and correspondent, with the story of the Saturday Night Massacre. It's why we call him professor Ron.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: The Democratic National Committee is trying to solve a spy mystery.

RON ELVING, BYLINE: Most Americans alive today hadn't even been born in 1972, the year five men were discovered inside the Democratic National Committee headquarters and arrested.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: The five men carried cameras and apparently planted electronic bugs. The Democrats say they have no idea who would want to spy on them.

ELVING: We learned soon after the burglars had ties to the Nixon re-election campaign. And an even larger story began to trickle out thanks to two Washington Post reporters who pursued it when few others were paying much attention - Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Nixon was re-elected in a landslide that November. But in the early months of his new term, there was trouble within his inner circle.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #2: Good evening. The biggest White House scandal in a century - the Watergate scandal - broke wide open today.

ELVING: In April of 1973, he suddenly let go of his top two White House aides.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #3: Out is H.R. Haldeman, chief of staff. Also quitting under fire is John Ehrlichman.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #4: The president's White House legal counsel, John Dean, has been fired. Reportedly, Dean is implicated in efforts to cover up the Watergate scandal. The Attorney General Richard Kleindienst has resigned because.

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RICHARD NIXON: As the new attorney general, I have today named Elliot Richardson.

ELVING: That new Attorney General Elliot Richardson was a longtime Republican insider.

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NIXON: I have directed him to do everything necessary to ensure that the Department of Justice has the confidence and the trust of every law-abiding person in this country.

ELVING: But he appointed a special prosecutor, a law school professor named Archibald Cox, to look into a host of allegations about Nixon's campaign.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #5: Good morning. At this hour, a select committee of the United States Senate is about to begin public hearings on something called Watergate.

ELVING: And the Senate Watergate committee began its nationally televised hearings. Nixon's former White House counsel John Dean testified under oath.

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JOHN DEAN: I began by telling the president that there was a cancer growing on the presidency.

ELVING: . Implicating the White House in covering up the burglars' ties to the Nixon campaign.

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DEAN: I concluded by saying that this is going to take continued perjury and continued support of these individuals to perpetuate the cover-up. And I did not believe it was possible to so continue it.

ELVING: And then, a bombshell.

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FRED THOMPSON: Mr. Butterfield, are you aware of the installation of any listening devices in the Oval Office of the president?

ALEXANDER BUTTERFIELD: I was aware of listening devices, yes, sir.

ELVING: Alexander Butterfield of the White House staff revealed that Nixon had an audio taping system in the Oval Office recording every word that was said there. Prosecutor Cox wanted to hear those tapes. When the White House would not cooperate, he went and got a subpoena. After weeks of pushing back, Nixon had reached the end of his rope. On an autumn Saturday, October 20, 1973.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #6: The following historic events occurred - the president of the United States demanded that the attorney general fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

ELVING: Richardson, deeply conflicted, in the moment of crisis, found the will to resist. He refused the order and resigned.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #6: The president then ordered the assistant attorney general, William Ruckelshaus, to fire the special prosecutor. Ruckelshaus refused. The president immediately fired Ruckelshaus. Solicitor General Robert Bork quickly was named acting attorney general. Bork was ordered to fire special prosecutor Cox. He did.

ELVING: The White House felt it had done what needed to be done. Now, presumably, the investigation would end. Nixon apparently believed this, in part, because there was so much else going on in the news. In the midst of a Middle East war that would lead to a gasoline panic, the White House thought the world would be distracted. Instead.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #7: More than 50,000 telegrams poured in on Capitol Hill today - so many, Western Union was swamped. Most of them demanded impeaching Mr. Nixon.

ELVING: They woke up on Sunday morning to a world of shock.

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UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #7: After the events of the weekend, there is growing sentiment here for the impeachment of the president.

ELVING: It would come to be known as the Saturday Night Massacre. From that night on, the battle over the White House tape recordings transfixed much of official Washington. Both the House and Senate were controlled by Democrats and swiftly obsessed by the tapes. Nixon fought on in private and in public.

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NIXON: Because people have got to know whether or not their president's a crook. Well, I'm not a crook. I've earned everything I've got.

ELVING: But he yielded to pressure and allowed a new special counsel to be named in Cox's place - Leon Jaworski. He would later say that he had believed the whole Watergate matter was overblown until the night of October 20. Jaworski picked up where Cox left off.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: The meeting will come to order.

ELVING: In the spring of 1974, the House of Representatives began impeachment hearings.

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UNIDENTIFIED PERSON: To investigate fully and completely whether sufficient grounds exist to impeach Richard M. Nixon, president of the United States of America.

ELVING: In July, a unanimous Supreme Court ruled the tapes would have to be made public. Three days later.

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ELVING: . The House Judiciary Committee approved three articles of impeachment.

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RODINO: Resolve - that Richard M. Nixon, president of the United States, is impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors.

ELVING: A vote on the House floor was next, its outcome a foregone conclusion. Senate Republicans sent a message to the president - they could not protect him. The necessary two-thirds majority was ready to remove him from office.

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NIXON: Good evening. This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office.

ELVING: On August 9, 1974, Richard Nixon resigned, just shy of 10 months after the upheaval still remembered as the Saturday Night Massacre. Ron Elving, NPR News, Washington.

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How President Richard Nixon spent his last day in the White House

The president gave an emotional farewell speech to White House staff.

Richard Nixon's relationship with the press, his secret tapes: Part 1

— -- On August 9, 1974, President Richard Nixon woke up with a start after a restless night.

“I looked at my watch,” Nixon said years later. “The battery had run out, worn out, at 4 o’clock the last day I was in office. By that day, I was worn out too.”

On this day, Nixon was to resign and hand over the presidency to Vice President Gerald Ford after the Watergate scandal left him facing impeachment.

Nixon talked about his final hours in the White House during an interview his former aide, Frank Gannon, conducted in 1983. The Nixon Presidential Library began releasing portions of the Gannon interviews in August 2014 leading up to the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation.

Nixon recounted to Gannon that in those final hours of his presidency, he still had a monumental, essential responsibility.

Alexander Haig, who was then Nixon’s chief of staff and went on to become President Reagan’s Secretary of State, knocked on the president’s door.

“He brought one piece of paper. There was one line on it,” Nixon told Gannon. “He said, ‘You know, we forgot to do this. Would you sign it now?’ – ‘I hereby resign the office of president of the United States.’ I signed it. He took it out.”

Ron Ziegler, who was then Nixon’s press secretary, told ABC News in an October 1998 interview that he would never forget watching the president and First Lady Pat Nixon come down the elevator from the residence that morning. Nixon was giving a farewell address to his White House staff that was televised.

"He said, ‘I have to do this,’ and so he went… he felt this very deeply. He knew he had lost the respect of the American people," Ziegler said.

Nixon and the first lady entered the East Room to say goodbye to his cabinet and the White House staff. They were met with a long round of applause.

“The farewell speech to the staff, it was very difficult because he was really letting down his guard for one of the few times in public,” as his daughter Julie Eisenhower told Barbara Walters in 1986. “His voice cracking with emotion as he spoke about his parents and speaking about a man is not defeated until he gives up.”

During his farewell speech, Nixon talked about his mother, “a saint”, he said, and sharing an inner pain. “Only when you have been in the deepest valley can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain,” he said.

Nixon later told Gannon that he was speaking from the heart in that moment. He said his other daughter Tricia later wrote in her diary “that for the first time, she was glad people were able to see Daddy as he really was.”

After his farewell speech, Nixon’s aide, Stephen Bull, said the president then went down to the Diplomatic Reception room to meet with then Vice President Gerald Ford.

“I think he said, ‘Mr. President, I’m sure you’ll do a fine job, God bless you,’” Bull said Nixon told Ford. “And then went out and boarded the helicopter.”


Why did Richard Nixon resign as president?

The House Judiciary Committee then approved articles of impeachment against Nixon for obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and contempt of Congress. With his complicity in the cover-up made public and his political support completely eroded, Nixon resigned from office on August 9, 1974.

He could not handle the pressures of the Vietnam War.

By late 1973, the Watergate scandal escalated, costing Nixon much of his political support. On August 9, 1974, he resigned in the face of almost certain impeachment and removal from office—the only time an American president has done so.

C) he was involved in a lot of political crimes and resigned before he was impeached

C.He wanted to avoid removal from office.

El Comité Judicial de la Cámara de Representantes aprobó entonces artículos de acusación contra Nixon por obstrucción a la justicia, abuso de poder y desacato al Congreso. Con su complicidad en el encubrimiento hecho público y su apoyo político completamente erosionado, Nixon renunció a su cargo el 9 de agosto de 1974.


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