9th Grade Honors English
Richard Nixon Resignation Speech
Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States of America. On July 17, 1972, five men on the Committee to Reelect the President (CREEP) broke into the Democratic National Committee offices of the Watergate Hotel. These men were James W. Mcord, Bernard L. Barker, Virgilio R. Gonzalez; Frank A. Sturgis, Eugenio R. Martinez, and Alfred C. Baldwin. They were caught stealing important documents. These men also attempted at bugging the phones there. Nixon resigned on August 9, 1974. He gave his resignation speech on August 8, 1974. Gerald Ford was sworn into Presidency.
Richard Milhous Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 in Yorba Linda, California. Nixon grew up in California in poverty and helped at his father’s grocery store. Nixon was raised a Quaker. Two of his brothers died of tuberculosis. He went to local public schools, and graduated top of his high school class in 1930. After high school, Nixon attended Whittier College from 1930 to 1934 and graduated with a history degree. When finished with Whittier, Nixon then attended Duke University Law School and graduated in 1937. He was soon admitted to the bar. Nixon’s father was named Francis Anthony Nixon. He owned a gas station owner and had a job as a grocer. His mother was Hannah Milhous Nixon; she was a dedicated Quaker. Nixon married Pat Ryan in 1940. Nixon started practicing law in 1937. Soon he joined the Navy to serve in World War II, only later to resign from the position of a lieutenant commander in March of 1946. He was elected U.S Representative in 1947, and in 1950 he became U.S Senator. He ran for President against Kennedy in 1960, but lost. He also lost the Governorship of California two years later, in 1960. In 1968, Nixon became the Republican candidate for the Presidential campaign. He beat Democrat Hubert Humphrey. Nixon got reelected in 1972.
The focus of the speech is about Nixon resigning from presidency before being charged with impeachment, and the Watergate Scandal. Nixon also talks about his achievements during presidency such as ending the war with Vietnam, creating peace with the Soviet Union, keeping them from making nuclear weapons, and preventing future wars. The speech relates to many of the things happening at that time. The Vietnam War is the longest war in American history (the current war with Afghanistan is a close second). Nixon got Vietnam to sign a peace agreement. The agreement was only honored by the Americans.
The purpose of this speech was very clear, and to the point. Nixon gave this speech to resign, and that is what he did. The speech was very effective. It got a strong message across. Nixon was basically saying that he knew he screwed up, but he accomplished many things during his 5 ½ years of presidency. During the delivery of this speech, it did make a slight difference than just reading it off of a paper. One can tell that he is regretful, and is sad to leave the role of the President of the United States. This speech was very powerful and comprehensible. Nixon got what he needed to say out to the people.
The most powerful part of this speech was when Nixon said, “I regret deeply any injuries that may have been done in the course of the events that led to this decision. I would say only that if some of my Judgments were wrong, and some were wrong, they were made in what I believed at the time to be the best interest of the Nation. To those who have stood with me during these past difficult months, to my family, my friends, to many others who joined in supporting my cause because they believed it was right, I will be eternally grateful for your support. And to those who have not felt able to give me your support, let me say I leave with no bitterness toward those who have opposed me, because all of us, in the final analysis, have been concerned with the good of the country, however our judgments might differ. So, let us all now join together in affirming that common commitment and in helping our new President succeed for the benefit of all Americans. I shall leave this office with regret at not completing my term, but with gratitude for the privilege of serving as your President for the past 5 ½ years. These years have been a momentous time in the history of our Nation and the world. They have been a time of achievement in which we can all be proud, achievements that represent the shared efforts of the Administration, the Congress, and the people. But the challenges ahead are equally great, and they, too, will require the support and the efforts of the Congress and the people working in cooperation with the new Administration.” This easily showed how greatly he cared for his country, how much of a caring president he was, and his deep regret for the Watergate Scandal.. From this portion of his speech, it is easily seen that Nixon has regret for the Watergate Scandal.
The Watergate Scandal occurred on June 17, 1972. Five men broke into the offices of the Democratic National Committee and attempted to bug the phones and steal important documents. James W. Mcord, Bernard L. Barker, Virgilio R. Gonzalez; Frank A. Sturgis, Eugenio R. Martinez, and Alfred C. Baldwin were the men who committed this crime. Nixon chose to resign, before facing impeachment. Works Cited
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