Essay on Nixon 's Speech : President Gerald Ford

1388 Words Dec 11th, 2015 6 Pages
On the August 8th, 1974, the 32nd President, Richard Nixon addressed the citizens of the United States informing them that at noon the following day he would be resigning from office due to the lack of political support. Nixon also stated that Vice President Gerald Ford would complete the remainder of his term as President. He delivered his speech during a live radio and television broadcast from the oval office.
Nixon tried to convey a positive tone in his speech, but this was hard for him to achieve due to his body language and the way he spoke. Throughout the speech, Nixon rarely looked up from his papers and spoke in a monotone voice. This affected the way many Americans viewed his speech. Due to the Watergate Scandal he had lost his credibility and his morals were in question. With the “smoking gun” tape recently subpoenaed it explains why Nixon seemed so distraught and defeated throughout his resignation.
Knowing he had hit the lowest part of his political career, Nixon attempted to make the listeners feel sympathetic for him through the use of pathos. Nixon begins his speech by saying, “In all the decisions I have made in my public life i have always tried to do what was best for the nation.” In saying this he begins to make a connection with the listeners. Nixon goes on to continue building his connection with the listeners when says, “I would have preferred to carry through to the finish whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously…

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