Daily Bread for 8.8.16 – 2017

Good morning, Whitewater.

Our week in town begins with partly cloudy skies and a high of eighty-two. Sunrise is 5:55 AM and sunset 8:05 PM, for 14h 10m 16s of daytime. The moon is a waxing crescent with 28.6% of its visible disk illuminated.

On this day in 1974, Pres. Nixon announces his resignation, to take effect the following day:

In light of his loss of political support and the near-certainty of impeachment, Nixon resigned the office of the presidency on August 9, 1974, after addressing the nation on television the previous evening.[206] The resignation speech was delivered from the Oval Office and was carried live on radio and television. Nixon stated that he was resigning for the good of the country and asked the nation to support the new president, Gerald Ford. Nixon went on to review the accomplishments of his presidency, especially in foreign policy.[214] He defended his record as president, quoting from Theodore Roosevelt‘s 1910 speech Citizenship in a Republic:

Sometimes I have succeeded and sometimes I have failed, but always I have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man in the arena, “whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again because there is not effort without error and shortcoming, but who does actually strive to do the deed, who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievements and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly”.[215]

Nixon’s speech received generally favorable initial responses from network commentators, with only Roger Mudd of CBS stating that Nixon had not admitted wrongdoing.[216] It was termed “a masterpiece” by Conrad Black, one of his biographers. Black opined that “What was intended to be an unprecedented humiliation for any American president, Nixon converted into a virtual parliamentary acknowledgement of almost blameless insufficiency of legislative support to continue. He left while devoting half his address to a recitation of his accomplishments in office.”[217]

Six years earlier, on 8.8.16, Wisconsin GOP delegates had nominated Nixon:

On this date thirty Wisconsin delegates at the Republican National Convention in Miami cast their votes to nominate Richard Nixon as the Republican party presidential candidate. These thirty votes gave Nixon the majority over Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan and won for him the party nomination. Nixon selected Spiro Agnew to be his running mate. [Source: Back in Time]

The JigZone puzzle for Monday is of a chandelier:

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