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After All This Time, Nixon Remains Memorable



  • Yesterday marked the day that Richard Nixon stepped down as President of the United States, forty-two years ago.
  • After the Watergate scandal, it didn't take long for the President to realize his time had come.
  • Yet, he showed great courage and humility by admitting his wrongs and letting someone else take the reigns.

Yesterday marked a very historic day for our country. August 8th, 1974 was the day that Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency, in light of the Watergate scandal.

Forty-two years ago, we said goodbye to a President, who was proven to be guilty in a massive scandal.

When Nixon resigned it was a massive televised event. He announced his resignation and said that the Vice President, Gerald Ford, would be sworn in as active President the following day at noon.

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In the address, Nixon said, “I have never been a quitter. 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.”

The scandal itself began on June 17th, 1972, after five men broke into the Democratic National Convention headquarters at the Watergate office in Washington, D.C. Of course, in the beginning, Nixon, and his administration denied any involvement in the break-in and quickly tried to cover up the incident. Yet, Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward discovered the truth. One of the five men that were arrested was on the payroll of Nixon's reelection committee.

To end his famous speech, Nixon said, “To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every American. In leaving it, I do so with this prayer: May God’s grace be with you in all the days ahead.”

You know, you have to give him some credit. He swallowed his pride, in a weird way admitted he was wrong, and stepped down from office. The way politics are today, I'm not sure if anyone of the numerous Presidential candidates we have at the moment would do that. It takes a great leader to admit that he is not fit to lead.

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  • John McClain says:

    I was in high school, well aware of duty, honor and principle, a Boy Scout, expecting to serve as my family always had, and I found it a substantive disappointment, considering him a good man until it was clear he was hiding the truth.
    I’ve always been proud of his willingness to face up to his faults, acknowledge his failure, in his strange little way, but accept the end, and pass the baton. It takes a man of courage and conviction to admit he must step down.
    God Bless America,
    Semper Fidelis,
    John McClain
    GySgt, USMC, ret.

  • Wilfred Laughlin says:

    Compared to politicians now a days , Dick Nixon was a Saint in business and character !!!

  • Wilfred Laughlin says:

    Compared to politicians now a days , Dick Nixon was a Saint in business and character !!!

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  • George Sexton says:

    I agree with your statement that it takes a true leader to admit they are wrong and do what is best for the country (organization) rather than themselves. I cannot think of anyone in politics today that would do that.

  • Carl S. Helmle says:

    Pres Nixon won in a landslide in 1972. The Democrats knew they were likely finished if they didn’t find a way to get rid of Nixon.The greatest sin Nixon pulled against the Dems was he got a lot of Communists out of our gov’t. The same problem they had against Joe McCarthy.

    When Bill Cosby had the gall to stand up and tell the young people of his community to get yourself an education, then get an honest job and do an honest effort to keep that job, impress your boss of your honesty in doing a good job. Then you may get promoted or be able to promote yourself by applying for another better job. When those Democrats saw that ‘off the plantation opinion’ they knew he was someone they had to get rid of. So they act like they have women who waited 20 or 30 years who bro’t those charges. They have had control of the media since WW II. Thanks for listening.

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