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July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

We’re just ten days away from the 35th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation — August 9, 1974. Days don’t get much happier than that. I haven’t seen any mention of the anniversary yet. I’m sure there will be some coverage of it next week. Meanwhile, you can begin the celebration by watching (above) a portion of his speech on August 8 announcing the resignation.

The Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia has a Presidential Speech Archive. The full transcript of Nixon’s resignation speech as well as links to the audio and video are here. Below is one passage:

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 will 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 interests 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 absorb 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.

On Inauguration Day last January, I wrote briefly about where I was when Nixon made this speech. I won’t repeat myself. I’ll just say that it was a great day.

Categories: History, Politics

Happy Days

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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The lead sports item this afternoon is the news that Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz “were among the roughly 100 Major League Baseball players to test positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003.” It’s a continuing mystery to me why names keep leaking from the now-famous list. The results were supposed to be anonymous, and anyway, steroid use was not yet banned.

But I’m not here to write about steroids and the game. Rather, I just want to enjoy the photo above, which dominates the SI homepage for now. It was so great to be a Red Sox fan in the Ramirez-Ortiz glory years. And not just because of the magical World Series championships of 2004 and 2007 (after the haunting 2003 defeat to the Yankees — we flew from NY to Boston on the day of that fateful game and watched it on TV in Cambridge, bracing ourselves for the all-night celebration in Harvard Square that never was). Manny and Big Papi were so much fun, such enormous creators of joy. And Pedro too. What a team!

While we’re giving credit for Red Sox joy creation, let’s be sure to thank our own Mariners for trading Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe to the Sox in 1997 in return for Heathcliff Slocumb. The Mariners had so much talent that year. Very disappointing season, plus losing key players for the future.

Categories: Baseball, Sports

Do I Feel Lucky?

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

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I haven’t posted a Ted Rall cartoon in over three weeks, so maybe I can get away with posting one again. His latest is above.

Um, do I need to explain anything? You see, there’s Skip Gates. And Sgt. James Crowley of the Cambridge Police Department. You know them. And there’s this famous movie, Dirty Harry, with Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan. In the movie, well, see for yourself in the clip below. The key lines start at 1’35”, but the entire clip is useful for context.

Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Too hot to blog. Too hot to do anything.

Not so bad yet, to tell the truth. We hit 103 yesterday, smashing the all-time high for Seattle. We may get to 100 again today, as had been predicted last night, but the latest prediction for today’s high is the high 90s. It was well into the 90s at this time yesterday, just past noon. Now it’s only 85. Downright comfortable in comparison. Mind you, we can go a year or two at a time without seeing the high 90s. Most of us in these parts do without air conditioning. We sure could use it this week though.

Anyway, as long as we’re too hot to do anything, we may as well sing and dance with Buster. Gotta love him.

And let’s not forget Arrow, who gave us the song. Since it’s still too hot to do anything, let’s keep singing and dancing.

One more time:

Categories: Dance, Music, Weather