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Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:55 PM

38 years ago today...

Some of us are old enough to remember.
Richard M. Nixon became the only President ever to resign from office.

I was a few weeks away from starting my freshman year of college and leaving home for the first time. My parents were teachers and were home, and I remember watching the speech with them and watching Nixon board the plane and do his final "victory salute" or whatever that gesture was.

I was only 17 and not really interested in politics, and had been tuning out the whole Watergate thing for months. But I also remember a feeling of profoundness at watching history being made.

After the speech I went to my room and turned on the radio. This song was playing:

Come on people, now
Smile on your brother
Everybody get together
Try to love one another right now
Anyone else have memories of that day?

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Reply 38 years ago today... (Original post)
Freddie Aug 2012 OP
MannyGoldstein Aug 2012 #1
Freddie Aug 2012 #3
MannyGoldstein Aug 2012 #8
dflprincess Aug 2012 #2
grantcart Aug 2012 #4
Freddie Aug 2012 #12
SheilaT Aug 2012 #5
Blue_In_AK Aug 2012 #6
Adsos Letter Aug 2012 #9
murielm99 Aug 2012 #7
davidpdx Aug 2012 #10
Confusious Aug 2012 #11

Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:01 PM

1. My mom cried

 

She was relieved that the nightmare was over. I was just a little guy.

If she were alive today, she'd be amazed at how much more nightmarish we make our nightmares these days.

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:15 PM

3. "Now it's time to heal"

That's why that song was on the radio.
Shame that feeling didn't last very long.

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Response to Freddie (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:41 PM

8. Indeed.

 

Just 6 years later, the meat grinder started churning, awaiting the middle class.

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:07 PM

2. I am reminded of the line Gene Hackman's character in "Class Action" said

"I should have died the day Nixon resigned." -- I often feel that way too.

My aunt, who just turned 90, still calls it one of the happiest days of her life.

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:22 PM

4. If you walk around Princeton just a block from the University you may want to sit and ponder the

beauty of the spot. If you happen to sit next to this guy



you can look over his shoulder and read the newspaper along with him.. It is date Aug 9, 1974 and you can read how RM Nixon resigned from office.

Four months earlier I helped organize the last public demonstration of RMN when he went to Spokane to open the 1974 World's Fair. The police let us set up across the street and a couple hundred of us yelled our throats out when he got out of the car. He turned and waved at us like we were his strongest supporters and I had to admire his practiced concentration. He never appeared in public as President after that.

I had turned the college I was attending into a large hotel for the World's Fair and as the news broke we wheeled out Televisions into the lobby and watched with stunned guests as he climbed aboard a helicopter and flew off.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 10, 2012, 07:18 AM

12. Great story

My generation, the tail-end Boomers, missed out on the college protests as the war and the draft ended while we were in high school (a good thing!). By the time I got to Podunk State College it was like nothing ever happened.

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:27 PM

5. Oh, yes. I am old enough to remember.

 

His speech the night before stopped this country in its tracks.

I was working at Washington National Airport, and while he was speaking, no planes pulled away from the gates, I'm almost positive. Everyone, including the pilots and cabin crews, were inside watching. I can tell you that not a single person walked up to our ticket counter during that entire time. We were all in our little break room behind the counter, with the door open in case a passenger needed us. But nope, not a single one wanted our attention while Nixon was speaking.

Even now, when I see a tape of it, I keep on expecting him, after he says, "I'm not a quitter" to continue with, "And therefore I will complete out the remainder of my term as your President."

I swear to God, I hold my breath every single time for fear he's going to declare his intent to stay in office.

Also, because I worked in DC, I can tell you that the federal government all but came to a halt in terms of day-to-day business being carried on. Yeah, employees went to work, and I'm sure a good many of them did their jobs, but it was as if the entire metro area was in suspended animation, no matter what you did or who you were.

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:37 PM

6. Sure, I remember it well.

I was 27 and had been following Watergate quite closely. I hated Nixon because of Kent State, the war, his enemies lists. It seemed so surreal that he would step down, and I felt like a great weight had been lifted and that maybe there was some hope. Little did I know how bad things would get in these later years. For every victory, there are two more battles to be fought.

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Response to Blue_In_AK (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:42 PM

9. I remember it. I was in the army at the time.

Just getting ready to ship overseas, to a divided Germany with The Wall still up. Man, that seems like a whole other life.

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 10:40 PM

7. I was a total Watergate junkie.

I worked all day, and stayed up until the wee hours watching the hearings on T.V. I worked for a library system then. Most of the people were repubbies, but things were different then. Even the repubbies had figured out that Nixon was a crook and bad for the country.

After he resigned, the next day, we rolled a TV in, and watched live while he left Washington with his family. I will never forget it.

I felt vindicated.

Things are worse now. We need to catch a few more crooks and send them home, too. At this point, sending them out of Washington is good enough for me. I don't even care if they go to jail.

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 11:11 PM

10. I was pretty young then only 3 years old

Love the song though, I remember hearing that on an 8 track (whoa that makes me feel old though).

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Response to Freddie (Original post)

Fri Aug 10, 2012, 06:31 AM

11. I was 5

But I believe I remember it being announced over the intercom in kindergarten.

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