“My mother was a saint” (August 9, 1974)
The end came quickly. The Supreme Court unani-
mously ruled that Nixon had to turn over tape re-
cordings of sixty-four White House conversations.
Three days later, the House Judiciary Committee
passed the first article of impeachment, on obstruction
of justice. A group of Republican legislators led by
Barry Goldwater informed him he didn't have the
votes in the Senate to beat the charges. Nixon became
the first president to resign. Before the flight that bore
him to California and ignominy, he gave the following
rambling statement to White House staff—his last
speech as president.
Members of the Cabinet, members of the White House Staff, all of our friends here:
I think the record should show that this is one of those spontaneous things that we always arrange whenever the President comes in to speak, and it will be so reported in the press, and we don't mind, because they have to call it as they see it.
But on our part, believe me, it is spontaneous.
You are here to say goodby to us, and we don't have a good word for it in English—the best is au revoir. We will see you again.