“We have come a long way in the last 2 years toward that goal. With your continued support, I believe we will achieve that goal. And generations in the future will look back at this difficult, trying time in America’s history and they will be proud that we demonstrated that we had the courage and the character of a great people.
Thank you.” – Richard Nixon, Televised Speech, April 7, 1971
“Yeah. I’ll tell you one thing, this was a—this little speech was a work of art. I mean, I know a little something about speechwriting. [Kissinger attempts to interject.] And by the time we got it done and that little conclusion, I think that was done and I—there isn’t—it isn’t because—and it was no act, because no actor could do it…No actor in Hollywood could have done that that well.” – Richard Nixon, privately, to Henry Kissinger, after Televised Speech, April 7, 1971
Citation: “Richard Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger on 7 April 1971,” Conversation 001-010, Presidential Recordings Digital Edition [Nixon Telephone Tapes 1971, ed. Ken Hughes] (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2014–). URL: prde.upress.virginia.edu/conversations/4001626
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