Saturday, August 8, 2009

35 Years Ago: Nixon Resigns

35 years ago today, Richard M. Nixon announced to the country that, because of Watergate, he would resign the presidency. Watching this video, it's amazing to see how studiously he avoided taking any kind of responsibility. He says that he doesn't have a political base in Congress, that the country needs a "full-time president," and a "full-time Congress," that he has never been a quitter. But at no point does he take any kind of responsibility. I suppose that's understandable, because admitting that he had done anything might have been tantamount to admitting guilt in a criminal trial. But he also seems to believe very thoroughly that he hasn't done anything wrong. This is from the LA Times.

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