For a baby boomer American, the thought that the President of the United States could become so politically damaged that he would have to resign was unthinkable, and so even though I was thoroughly against the Vietnam war and detested Richard Nixon — it still seemed surreal to watch a sitting U.S. President resign in ignominy. There was a sense that the institution, and the fabric of our society, had been damaged irreparably.
WALTER CRONKITE MAKES THE ANNOUNCEMENT
NIXON’S DEPARTURE FROM WHITE HOUSE
NIXON’S RESIGNATION SPEECH