Richard Nixon resigns - August 8, 1974
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Sign in to YouTube
Uploaded on Jul 15, 2009
This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office, where so many decisions have been made that shape the history of this nation. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national interest. In all the decisions I have made in my public life I have always tried to do what was best for the nation.
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, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interests of the nation must always come before any personal considerations. From the discussions I have had with Congressional and other leaders I have concluded that because of the Watergate matter I might not have the support of the Congress that I would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interests of the nation will require.
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 interests 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. To continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home.
Therefore, I shall resign the Presidency effective at noon tomorrow.
Vice President Ford will be sworn in as President at that hour in this office."
Standard YouTube License
- 1:38 Johnny Carson Jokes About the 5th Anniversary of Richard Nixon's Resignation on "The Tonight Show"by Johnny Carson Featured 32,182
- 1:37:59 Watergate: 784 Days That Changed America (complete) | EPWHITNEY.COMby E Pratt Whitney9,012 views
- 22:26 Nixon before resignation and full speechby MediaBurnArchive49,154 views
- 3:25 Nixon with no expletives deletedby CNN41,717 views
- 1:27:50 Watergate- Third Rate Burglaryby HistoryFeed18,474 views
- 8:07 1960 Debate: JFK vs. Nixonby tvspyshoptalk98,530 views
- 13:41 Nixon's Dirty Trickster: LBJ Killed JFK | Interview with Roger Stoneby breakingtheset26,527 views
- 5:22 Real Richard Nixon: 28 DAYS (11) - Leaving the White Houseby rmm413c64,560 views
- 200 videos Play all Favoritesby TheRain316
- 21:05 President Nixon's Farewell to the White House Staffby NixonFoundation50,858 views
- 9:34 Ford Pardons Nixon - September 8, 1974by Max Power72,352 views
- 1:23:57 Watergate- The Conspiracy Crumblesby HistoryFeed14,185 views
- 10:06 Michael Jackson and Bubbles Animal Planet Documentary Part 3 of 5by drshepp83,668 views
- 6:53 John Lennon Assassination - ESPN Looks Back - Howard Cosellby oquatanginwann499,917 views
- 4:08 Top 10 Bush Momentsby NottHeads - Atlanta763,949 views
- 10:00 Nixon interview with David Frost (1 of 6)by mistere999166,217 views
- 3:50 TSN Top 10 - Will Ferrell Moments in Sportsby AmoozingTV2,772,457 views
- 8:28 NIXON TAPES: George Bush is a "sweet guy" (Appointments 1)by rmm413c13,291 views
- 7:39 Nixon vs. Khrushchev - The Kitchen Debate (1959)by Max Power37,978 views
- 5:57 Lyndon Johnson - Remarks on Decision to not seek Reelectionby MCamericanpresident93,967 views