President Nixon : A Speech By President Of The President

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A Speech by the President for the President
Danica Adoc
California State University, Bakersfield

A Speech by the President for the President A speech is often used to deliver information to an audience. However, whether a speech is effective or not depends on the use rhetoric, or the ability to use language in a persuasive way. A desirable use of rhetoric tends to increase the credibility of the speaker while poor rhetoric sets the speaker in a questionable position by the audience. The latter can be demonstrated in the resignation speech of Richard Nixon, which, rather than shock the American people, actually fulfilled their expectations of his departure from the presidency. Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th President of the United States, serving two terms between 1969 and 1974 (“Biography”, 2016). At the time of the speech, Nixon was facing loss of public support and impeachment over his attempts to conceal any illegal activities involving him and his administration in the Watergate Scandal (“Biography”, 2016). Rather than face impeachment, Nixon decided to resign and issued a public announcement of his resignation to the American people. Ultimately, he intended to leave the presidency by preserving his reputation as much as he could and focusing on his achievements and legacy. In his speech, Nixon (1974) stated, “I shall resign from the presidency” (para. 8) and that Vice President Ford will replace him as the new President. He thanked those…
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