Video: '"AIR FORCE ONE: THE PLANES AND THE PRESIDENTS" (1991)' (Nixons arrive in California on Aug. 9, 1974, at 41:23)
(Friday, August 9, 1974, 11:56 a.m. PDT; during the Watergate scandal) — Former U.S. President Richard Nixon declared “we’re home” today as he addressed 5,000 people who came out to greet him and his wife, former First Lady Pat Nixon, upon their arrival at El Toro Marine Base in California.
A helicopter then whisked the Nixons to La Casa Pacifica, their sprawling seaside villa near San Clemente. Nixon’s term of office had officially expired three hours, 21 minutes before, having become the first president to resign in disgrace.
Video: 'Swearing in Ceremony of Gerald R. Ford as 38th President of the United States, August 9. 1974'
(Friday, August 9, 1974, 12:03 a.m. EDT; during the Watergate scandal) — Gerald Ford became the 38th President of the United States today, declaring that “our long national nightmare is over.” Continue reading Ford sworn in as 38th U.S. President, asserts ‘nightmare is over’ 40 years ago this hour (Aug 9 1974)
Video: 'Vietnam: A Television History - The End of the Tunnel [11/11]' (Aug. 9, 1974, at 17:33)
(Friday, August 9, 1974, 10:00 a.m. EDT; during the Watergate scandal) — U.S. President Richard Nixon, having been escorted by Vice President Gerald Ford, his wife Betty and Nixon’s wife Pat, mounted the steps of a waiting helicopter this morning on the South Lawn of the White House. Continue reading President Nixon gives V sign as he departs White House 40 years ago this hour (Aug 9 1974)
Video: 'President Nixon's Farewell to the White House Staff'
(Friday, August 9, 1974, 9:30 a.m. EDT; during the Watergate scandal) — U.S. President Richard Nixon bade an emotional farewell to the remnants of his broken administration today in the East Room of the White House, urging its members to proud of their record in government and warning them against bitterness, self-pity and revenge (click here for clips of Aug. 9, 1974, from ‘The Presidents: Nixon’ at 0:55/6:03/9:23/2:42:17). . Continue reading President Nixon bids emotional farewell to Washington 40 years ago this hour (Aug 9 1974)