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Archives for 1969

Nixon’s ‘Silent Majority’ Speech

This is President Richard Nixon’s Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam.

The speech is now known as “The Silent Majority” speech.

  • Listen to The Silent Majority speech (32m)
  • Watch Nixon’s speech (32m)

President Nixon’s Address to the Nation on the War in Vietnam.

Good evening, my fellow Americans:

Tonight I want to talk to you on a subject of deep concern to all Americans and to many people in all parts of the world–the war in Vietnam. [Read more…]

The Moon Landing: An Undelivered Nixon Speech

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon.

Thirty years after Apollo 11’s successful moon landing, an undelivered speech prepared for President Richard Nixon came to light.

Safire memo

Discovered in the archives of the Nixon Administration by the historian James Mann in 1999, the speech was composed by Nixon’s then speechwriter, William Safire, to be used in the event of a disaster that would maroon the astronauts on the moon.

The speech was sent to President Nixon’s Chief of Staff, H.R. Haldeman.

The full text and a PDF version of the contemporary document are shown below.

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July 18, 1999: Listen to William Safire discuss the speech with Tim Russert on NBC’s Meet The Press (3m):

Apollo 11

Text of William Safire’s speech for President Richard Nixon, in the event of a disaster besetting Apollo 11.

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.

These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown. [Read more…]

Nixon’s First Inaugural Address

Richard Milhous Nixon was sworn in as the 37th president of the United States at noon on January 20, 1969.

  • Listen to Nixon take the oath of office (2m)
  • Listen to Nixon’s Inaugural Address (18m)
  • Watch Nixon’s Inaugural Address (18m)

Text of President Nixon’s first inaugural address.

Richard NixonSenator Dirksen, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. Vice President, President Johnson, Vice President Humphrey, my fellow Americans–and my fellow citizens of the world community:

I ask you to share with me today the majesty of this moment. In the orderly transfer of power, we celebrate the unity that keeps us free. [Read more…]