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    Nixon's Statement of Resignation From the Presidency

    Richard Nixon Typescript of His Statement of Resignation Signed "Richard Nixon." Five Pages, 8.5" x 11", August 8, 1974. In this infamous television broadcast speech, President Richard Nixon announces his resignation from the Office of President of the United States following the Watergate scandal. Nixon begins the broadcast by explaining his convictions regarding his responsibility to the Nation that elected him. In part as written:

    "Throughout the long and difficult period of Watergate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere; to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me. In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. . . . I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved. . . . But the interests of the nation must always come before any personal considerations. . . . I have never been a quitter."

    As his speech comes to a close, Nixon soberly addresses, and somewhat defends, his actions while invoking a fellow, however better loved, President, saying: "Sometimes I have succeeded. And sometimes I have failed. But always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt said about the man in the arena whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again because there is no effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deed, who knows the great enthusiasm, and great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievements and with the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. I pledge to you tonight that as long as I have a breath of life in my body I shall continue in that spirit. . . . May God's grace be with you in all the days ahead." Nixon has signed at the top of the first page.


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