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Richard M. Nixon's exit from the White House provides a nice distillation of his character. His farewell was sometimes poignant, sometimes bizarre and woven throughout with threads of deep dishonesty and hypocrisy.

In video from Aug. 9, 1974, Nixon says goodbye to the presidency in a speech to his staff and with an iconic wave before boarding the presidential helicopter.

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  •  Great farewell address to his staff! (3+ / 0-)

    Really moving. Anyone else notice he never mentions his wife? Weird. As for the second video, I think he's trying to be defiant, and show his haters that they aren't getting to him (even if they really are). Hence him smiling and flashing his signature double victory sign.

    Their cause must be our cause too. Because it's not just Negroes, but really it's all of us, who must overcome the crippling legacy of bigotry and injustice. And we shall overcome. -- Lyndon B. Johnson

    by AllTheWayWithLBJ85 on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 08:37:46 AM PDT

  •  Sadly Zombie Nixon arose as the Elder (4+ / 0-)

    Statesman of the GOP. They used so much whitewash you could barely recognize him.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 08:44:14 AM PDT

  •  Gotta Be a Personality Disorder (1+ / 0-)
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    something along those lines. I would suspect he'd have been diagnosed with Asperger's if he'd been a kid in contemporary times.

    His division of everyone into "friends" and "enemies," could be based on a profoundly minimal understanding of people.

    Legendary for social awkwardness.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 08:51:42 AM PDT

  •  Aug. 8, on night Nixon announced he was quitting, (1+ / 0-)
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    we took our 8 yr. old son, born on 8/8 to the fancy ice cream restaurant where the waiters celebrated Birthdays with sparklers, balloons and confetti. But on that night the entire wait staff was gathered around the little black and white TV, watching Nixon's demise. We barely got to order, and waiters just slammed down our order and returned to watching Nixon.  My son, now in his 50s has never forgiven us for that horrible Birthday experience.

  •  8/9/74 -- Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish (2+ / 0-)
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    Josiah Bartlett, WonkyNewsNerd

    We celebrated Nixon's resignation in Louisville KY.
    This year, we hope to get rid of Mitch McConnell,
    which will be Kentucky's gift to the nation & world.

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