Nixon resigns, 9 August 1974

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MAKE OViill rSD gj) PS , WASHINGTON ( AP) - Richard M. Nixon formally resigned today as 37th president of the United States. . The one-sentence letter, delivered at 11:35 a.m. EDT to Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, said: "Dear Mr. Secretary: "I hereby resign the office of President of the United States. . "Sincerely, Richard Nixon." Earlier, a tearful Nixon bade farewell to his Cabinet and aides, telling them that only a man in the deepest valley can know ' 'how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.". Then at 10:16 a.m., he flew off to San Clemente, Calif., in the "Spirit of 76," the presidential aircraft that had taken him to so many memorable events in the 5y2-year presidency. .His wife, daughter Tricia and her husband Ed Cox were with them as they left for a home that is the Western White House no more. Younger daughter Julie and her husband David Eisenhower stayed behind to help pack the family's belongings. The Nixons had trod a red carpet from the White House to a waitinglielicopter for the short hop to Andrews Air Force Base and the presidential plane. The flight to California would take five hours. One lasttime, as he stepped into the helicopter, the resigning President waved the two-handed V for victory sign he had flashed so many times before from hundreds of political platforms. . And at precisely 10 a.m., the helicopter rose into the misty Washington morning. His Cabinet and several hundred administration aides heard his East Room farewell, and saw him go. His successor, Gerald R, Ford, watched the takeoff. Nixon's last White House words: "And so we leave in high hopes, in good spirits and in deep humility and with very much gratefulness in our hearts. We come from many faiths, we pray perhaps to different gods but really the same God in a sense. "But I want to say for each and every one of you not only will we always be grateful to you, always you will be in our heartsandinourprayers.Thankyouverymuch." . The Nixon aides, many of whom had wept as did their departing leader, stood in applause. Nixon's farewell to those closest to him was in marked contrast to the solemn formality of his resignation address to the nation Thursday night. It was intensely personal and intensely emotional. He spoke of his parents, saying his father was a great man though never a man of renown, that his mother was a saint who nursed two of his brothers and watched them die of tuberculosis. He told of reading, on his last night in the White House, the words of young Theodore Roosevelt upon the death of a daughter. "TR in his 20s thought the light had gone from his life forever, but he went on," Nixon said. "... He was a man. And as I leave, let me say that's an example I think all of us should remember. j "We think sometimes when things happen that don't go the right way, we think that when you don't pass the bar exam the first time ... we think that when someone dear to us dies, we . think that when we lose an election, we think that when we suffer a defeat that all is ended," Nixon said. "We think as TR said that the light had left his life forever. Not true. It's only a beginning, always. "The young must know it, the old mijst know it. It must always sustain us because the greatness comes not when things go always good for you, but the greatness comes when you're disappointed, when you take some knocks." Nixon said he departed proud of the'people "who have stood by us and worked for us and served this country. We want you to beproud of what you have done. " " ' "Always remember, others may hate you but those who hate you don't win unless you hate them and then you destroy yourself." "This house has a great heart and the heart comes from those who serve," Nixon told his associates. With him were Mrs. Nixon, their daughters Julie and Tricia and theirhusbands. Members of his shattered administration were there, too: (TurntoA-2) r BATTLE GREEK, MICHIGAN NQUIRER NEW! FRIDAY, August 9, 1974 jjfr World's Breakfast Capital 15 cents if : - - iif fc&a v - v I 'I J Richard M. Nixon, 37th President

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