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Let historians not record that when America was the most powerful nation in the world we passed on the other side of the road and allowed the last hopes for peace and freedom of millions of people to be suffocated by the forces of totalitarianism. And so tonightto you, the great silent majority of my fellow AmericansI ask for your support.

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Source Notes: Source: President RICHARD M. NIXON, address to the Nation on the Vietnam war, November 3, 1969.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1969, p. 909.William Safire claims that this televised speech had a great effect on public opinion and bought time for the Vietnamization program, effectively countering mounting dissent to the war. Safire discusses Nixons earlier uses of the silent center.Safires Political Dictionary, p. 64950 .

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Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 April 22, 1994) was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. He was also the 36th Vice President (19531961) serving under Dwight D. Eisenhower. Nixon redefined the office of Vice President, making it for the first time a high visibility platform and base for a presidential candidacy. He is the only person to have been elected twice to the Vice Presidency and twice to the Presidency, and the only president to have resigned that office. His resignation came in the face of imminent impeachment related to the Watergate scandal.

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