Nixon’s The One: Connie Francis

Forty years ago, on Aug. 8, 1974, President Richard M. Nixon announced he would resign the presidency the following day, becoming the first American president to do so.

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11 Comments on “Nixon’s The One: Connie Francis”

  1. Hedley Says:

    “I love this country. It’s been good to me – beyond my wildest dreams. And because I love America so much, lately I’ve been concerned. Like a lot of you, I’m concerned about where American is going in the next four years. That’s why I’ve decided to speak up for Richard Nixon. He sees it like it is. And he tells it like its is. I’ve never made a public choice like this before. But I think our country needs Dick Nixon” – Not Connie Francis

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      My first time voting was in 1968, and I was thrilled to vote, still am. I did not vote for Nixon then or 4 years later. In Massachusetts, after the resignation, bumper stickers appeared which said, “Don’t blame me. I’m from Massachusetts.” My favorite bumper sticker of all was one which read, “Nixon has a staff infection.”

      http://www.pophistorydig.com/?tag=politics-1968

  2. Birgit Says:

    Nixon’s resign was 40 years ago? Time flies. Lying in politics became even more standard and spying has a different quality nowadays.
    Connie Francis was very popular in Germany in the 1960’s, she had some #1 hits sung in German. I still remember some of her songs though I was too young or not even born when these songs were in our charts.

    • katry Says:

      Birgit,
      I remember watching that on television. On my street, I could hear people clapping. My father, I remember, was livid that people would cheer. He was a Nixon man. Once upon a time he had been a democrat, but then he started making money, 6 figures a year, so he became a republican.

      I was never a Connie fan even before she sang this.

  3. flyboybob Says:

    It’s hard to believe that it’s been 40 years since tricky Dicky went west to San Clemente to rehabilitate his place in history. John Dean, of Watergate fame, has just published a new book called “Nixon Defense”. Dean listened to all the White House tapes after 40 years and concluded that Nixon knew about the break in at the Democratic headquarters and formulated the cover up from the beginning. In 1968 Nixon ran and won on a plateform that he had a secret plan to extradite us from Vietnam. Obviously, it too was a lie since we were forced to flee Saigon in 1975.

    Nixon was a lier from the time he was chosen by Eisenhower as his Vice Presidental running mate when he gave the famous Checkers speech and first said “I am not a crook”. Of course he was until the end. Pat Buchanan in USA Today is claiming, in an article this morning, how Nixon was brought down by liberal intellectuals rather than his own hand. I never voted for Nixon and I also cheered as Air Force one flew him out of office. The Republican Party is still angry about it today.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I watched the History Detectives last week about Jimmy Hoffa. During the show we listened to Nixon discuss Hoffa. He made a deal with Frank Fitzsimmons, Hoffa’s successor, that would keep Hoffa away from the union and, surprise, surprise, proved Mitchell lied to Watergate prosecutors in denying any political considerations in the Hoffa action. It seems Nixon has his dirty paws in many pies.

      I wondered want else is on those tapes. We just concentrated on what they had to do with Watergate, but there is so much more.

      I voted for the first time in 1968, and it was not for Nixon. Neither was it in 1972. I am proud the only state which voted against him was Massachusetts.

  4. im6 Says:

    Linking this on Saturday. Maybe some people will still see it:

    What The World Was Like In 1974 When Richard Nixon Resigned
    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/1974-nixon

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Some I remembered, many I did not. Patty Hearst has a lovely mug shot. I remember being in line for gas when the attendant changed the price from 49¢ to 50¢. In 1977 I bought my house for $35,000 and it took half my monthly salary to pay the mortgage.

      I’m not so sure we’ve come a long way!

      • flyboybob Says:

        After Nixon resigned president Gerald Ford tripped and said, pardon Nixon. 🙂 He also started the campaign to wear buttons that said “WIN” for Whip Inflation Now. A very Republican (low deficit spending idea) instead of real monetary policy.

        I never voted for Nixon, Ford, Reagan (the only actor to be elected to play the part of the President) nor either Bush or his son the shrub. Carter was the only Democratic President that I voted for who was a big disappointment. In recent years Carter has sided with the Muslim terrorists against our only true friends in the Middle East, the Israelis.

        The result of the past 40 years has been a widening income gap, higher prices and middle class jobs being shipped over seas. At least during the Reagan years Ronnie and Tip O’Neal could sit down over an Irish whiskey or two and compromise on legislation that was necessary to keep the country going. Today, the Republican Party hates Obama so badly that they block anything he does to spite the American people for electing a black man to the Presidency. Imagine how mad they will be if the next President is Hillary. Not only is she a woman but the wife of the only President to be impeached, not removed from office, because he fooled around and made bad business decisions.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I remember all of that. It was his pardoning Nixon which caused him to lose the presidency. I voted the same way you have and never Republican.

        Clinton had too many extra-marital affairs and was a lousy husband but a good president who balanced the budget and erased the federal deficit. It was idiot Bush who caused the economic collapse with his foray into Iraq, a situation we are still stuck handling in Afghanistan.


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