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Farewell

Farewell
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Artist
George Tames, 1919 - 1994
Sitter
Richard Milhous Nixon, 9 Jan 1913 - 22 Apr 1994
Date
1974
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 23.2cm x 30.4cm (9 1/8" x 11 15/16")
Sheet: 28cm x 35.6cm (11" x 14")
Topic
Costume\Headgear\Military
Exterior
Weapon\Gun\Rifle
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree
Symbols & Motifs\Flag\National\United States
Vehicle\Helicopter
Richard Milhous Nixon: Male
Richard Milhous Nixon: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Richard Milhous Nixon: Literature\Writer
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\Vice-President of US
Richard Milhous Nixon: Military and Intelligence\Navy\Officer
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\President of US
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\US Senator\California
Richard Milhous Nixon: Politics and Government\US Congressman\California
Portrait
Place
United States\District of Columbia\Washington
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Frances O. Tames
Restrictions & Rights
Usage conditions apply
Copyright
© George Tames/The New York Times/Redux
Object number
S/NPG.94.171
Exhibition Label
In mid-November 1973, during a nationally televised Q & A session with Associated Press editors, President Richard Nixon declared, “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I am not a crook.” No other words could have been more damning. After testimonies by John Dean and Rose Mary Woods revealed that Nixon knew about the Watergate break-in and its cover-up, he lost the support of the people.
On August 8, 1974, President Nixon announced his resignation, effective at noon the following day. During his farewell speech on August 9, he declared, “Always remember, others may hate you—but those who hate you don’t win unless you hate them, and then you destroy yourself.” He and his wife, Pat Nixon, then boarded the Army One helicopter to Andrews Air Force Base, where they departed for California on Air Force One. This photograph records Nixon performing his last public act as president.
A mediados de noviembre de 1973, durante una sesión de preguntas y respuestas televisada a nivel nacional con los editores de Associated Press, el presidente Richard Nixon declaró: “La gente debe saber si su presidente es un delincuente o no. Bueno, yo no soy un delincuente”. Ninguna otra frase podría haberlo condenado más. Después de que las declaraciones de John Dean y Rose Mary Woods revelaran que Nixon estaba al tanto del robo de Watergate y de su posterior encubrimiento, el presidente perdió el apoyo del público.
El 8 de agosto de 1974, el presidente Nixon anunció su dimisión, que sería efectiva al otro día al mediodía. Durante su discurso de despedida el 9 de agosto, declaró: “Siempre recuerden que otros pueden odiarte, pero los que te odian no ganan a menos que tú también los odies y, entonces, te destruyes a ti mismo”. Nixon y su esposa, Pat, se subieron luego al helicóptero Army One con dirección a la Base Andrews de la Fuerzas Aéreas, donde partieron hacia California en el Air Force One. En esta fotografía se registra a Nixon llevando a cabo su último acto público como presidente.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery