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Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses Audiobook
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LibriVox recording of Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses by Various. Read in English by John Greenman This collection will put in one place, all the Farewell (or last) Addresses made by each of the 43 ex-US presidents. The first, George Washington's "Farewell Address", issued as a public lett
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LibriVox recording of Presidential Farewell and Last Addresses by Various. Read in English by John Greenman This collection will put in one place, all the Farewell (or last) Addresses made by each of the 43 ex-US presidents. The first, George Washington's "Farewell Address", issued as a public letter in 1796, was one of the most influential statements of republicanism. Drafted primarily by Washington himself, with help from Hamilton, it gives advice on the necessity and importance of national union, the value of the Constitution and the rule of law, the evils of political parties, and the proper virtues of a republican people. He called morality "a necessary spring of popular government". He said, "Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." Washington's public political address warned against foreign influence in domestic affairs and American meddling in European affairs. He warned against bitter partisanship in domestic politics and called for men to move beyond partisanship and serve the common good. He warned against "permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world", saying the United States must concentrate primarily on American interests. He counseled friendship and commerce with all nations, but warned against involvement in European wars and entering into long-term "entangling" alliances. The address quickly set American values regarding foreign affairs. ( Wikipedia) All of the other presidential addresses were collected from available on-line sources and, while there may be disagreement among some as to which, exactly, was the "last address" of a particular president, great effort has been made to be as accurate as possible. (summary by John Greenman).

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This is Section 45 of presidential farewell and last addresses. This labour box recording is in the public domain. President Richard M. Nixon's resignation statement to the nation. August 8th 1974 Read by John Greenman. Good evening. This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this nation. Each time I have done so to discuss with you some matter that I believe affected the national interest in all the decisions I have made in my public life, I have always tried to do what was best for the nation. Throughout the long and difficult period of Watergate. I have felt it was my duty to persevere, to make every possible effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me. In the past few days, however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have ah, strong enough political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. As long as there was such a base, I felt strongly that it was necessary to see the constitutional process through to its conclusion that to do otherwise would be unfaithful to the spirit of that deliberately difficult process and a dangerously destabilizing precedent for the future. But with the disappearance of that base, I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged. I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interest of the nation must always come before any personal considerations. From the discussions I have had with congressional and other leaders, I have concluded that because of the Watergate matter, I might not have the support of the Congress that I would consider necessary to back the very difficult decisions and carry out the duties of this office in the way the interests of the nation would require. I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as president, I must put the interest of America first. America needs a full time president and a full time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad to continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorbed the time and attention of both the president and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home. Therefore, I shall resign the presidency effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as president at that hour in this office. As I recall the high hopes for America with which we began this second term, I feel a great sadness that I will not be here in this office working on your behalf to achieve those hopes in the next 2.5 years. But in turning over direction off the government to Vice President Ford. I know, as I told the nation when I nominated him for that office 10 months ago, that the leadership of America will be in good hands in passing this office to the vice president. I also do so with the profound sense of the weight of responsibility that will fall on his shoulders tomorrow and therefore of the understanding the patients, the cooperation he will need from all Americans as he assumes that responsibility, he will deserve the help and the support of all of us as we look to the future. The first essential is to begin healing the wounds of this nation, to put the bitterness and divisions of the recent past behind us and to rediscover those shared ideals that lie at the heart of our strength and unity as a great and as a free people. By taking this action, I hope that I will have hastened the start of that process of healing, which is so desperately needed in America. 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, too 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 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 5.5 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, Onda 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. We have ended America's longest war, but in the work of securing a lasting peace in the world, the goals ahead are even more far reaching and Mawr difficult. We must complete a structure of peace so that it will be said of this generation, our generation of Americans, by the people of all nations. Not only that, we ended one war, but that we prevented future wars. We have unlocked the doors that for a quarter of a century stood between the United States and the People's Republic of China. We must now ensure that the one quarter of the world's people who live in the People's Republic of China will be and remain not our enemies, but our friends in the Middle East. 100 million people in the Arab countries, many of whom have considered us their enemies for nearly 20 years now look on us as their friends. We must continue to build on that friendship so that peace can settle at last over the Middle East and so that the cradle of civilization will not become its grave. Together with the Soviet Union, we have made the crucial breakthroughs that have begun the process of limiting nuclear arms. But we must set as our goal not just limiting but reducing and finally destroying these terrible weapons so that they cannot destroy civilization and so that the threat of nuclear war will no longer hangover the world on the people. We have opened the new relation with the Soviet Union. We must continue to develop and expand that new relationship so that the two strongest nations of the world will live together and cooperation rather than confrontation around the world. In Asia, in Africa, in Latin America, in the Middle East, there are millions of people who live in terrible poverty, even starvation. We must keep as our goal, turning away from production for war and expanding production for peace so that people everywhere on this earth can at last look forward in their Children's time, if not in our own time to having the necessities for a decent life. Here in America, we are fortunate that most of our people have not only the blessings of liberty but also the means to live full and good and by the world standards, even abundant lives. We must press on, however, toward a goal of not only Mawr and better jobs, but ah, full opportunity for every American and of what we are striving so hard right now to achieve prosperity without inflation, for more than a quarter of a century in public life I have shared in the turbulent history of this era. I have fought for what I believed in. I have tried to the best of my ability to discharge those duties and meet those responsibilities that were entrusted to me. Sometimes I have succeeded, and sometimes I have failed. But always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena quote whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who airs and comes short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deed? Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievements and who, at the worst if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. Unquote, I pledge to you tonight, but as long as I have a breath of life in my body, I shall continue in that spirit. I shall continue to work for the great causes to which I have been dedicated throughout my years as a congressman, a senator, a vice president and president, the cause of peace, not just for America but among all nations. Prosperity, justice and opportunity for all of our people. There is one cause above all to which I have been devoted and to which I shall always be devoted for as long as I live. When I first took the oath of office as president 5.5 years ago, I made this sacred commitment to quote consecrate my office, my energies and all the wisdom Aiken summoned to the cause of peace among nations unquote, I have done my very best in all the days since. To be true to that pledge. As a result of these efforts, I am confident that the world is a safer place today not only for the people of America, but for the people of all nations. And that all of our Children have, ah better chance than before of living in peace rather than dying in war. This, more than anything, is what I hope to achieve when I saw the presidency. This, more than anything, is what I hope will be my legacy to you to our country as I leave the presidency. To have served in this office is to have felt a very personal sense of kinship with each and every American in leaving it. I do so with this prayer. May God's Grace be with you. End of President Richard Nixon's resignation address. August 8th 1974 Read by John Greenman.
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