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Richard Nixon's "Last" Press Conference (1962)

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Uploaded on Jul 25, 2010

Excerpt from the famous "last" press conference Richard Nixon gave after losing the 1962 California governor's race to Edmund G. "Pat" Brown. The November 7, 1962 press conference is notable for Nixon's unvarnished remarks about the press that included the famous line: "I leave you gentleman now and you will write it. You will interpret it. That's your right. But as I leave you I want you to know — just think how much you're going to be missing. You won't have Nixon to kick around any more, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference."

After Gov. Sarah Palin delivered her July 3, 2009 resignation speech in Fairbanks, Alaska many in the media and the blogosphere compared it to Nixon at the Beverly Hilton in 1962 because of the swipes she took at the media. In fact, this is an unfair comparison because Nixon's remarks, while certainly bitter, are cogent, logical and expressed well (the video presented here is the longest excerpt of the speech CONELRAD could find, but if you read transcripts of the speech, he said much more). The same cannot be said of Palin's rambling, nearly incoherent speech--a speech that is best remembered today for the phrase "only dead fish go with the flow."

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