I have spoken to you from this office, where so many decisions have been made that shaped the history of this nation. I have always tried to do what was best

from R.A. The Rugged Man (Ft. Jedi Mind Tricks) – Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is taken from the speech delivered when Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency in 1974. He is the only President that ever resigned from office. During his administration, public opposition the Vietnam War was high; supporters of Nixon claim that his policies ended the Vietnam War, while his detractors maintain that his policies exacerbated the war, and it was public opinion and the cost of the ongoing combat that ended it. Nixon resigned from the office due to his involvement in the Watergate Scandal, which we won’t go into here.

History buffs will want to note that the entire twenty-minute speech is on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLHc8NR_v-8

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