President Nixon, battling against swelling demands for his resignation, flew to friendly territory -- Stillwater in Oklahoma -- on Saturday (11 May) and appealed to Congress to move swiftly in its inquiry for his possible impeachment.
GTV Graduates seated for Nixon Speech
SV College official introduced Nixon
SOF STARTS: "And now....
SOF ENDS: "Richard M. Nixon."
Nixon rises to applause and talks with College officials
LV PAN Students applaud
SV Nixon standing before microphone receiving applause (2 shots)
LV Graduates take seats
SCU Nixon speaks
SV Nixon standing before Graduates
"Those who are interested in our country, have been concerned as I have been concerned by the political problems that we have had in Washington. I can only say on this non-political occasion that having presented all the evidence to the Congress of the United States, I trust that the House of Representatives will act properly so that we can reach a decision, so that the President, the Congress can get on with the people's business as we should."
Initials AE/20.54 AE/21.09
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: President Nixon, battling against swelling demands for his resignation, flew to friendly territory -- Stillwater in Oklahoma -- on Saturday (11 May) and appealed to Congress to move swiftly in its inquiry for his possible impeachment.
Repeating the recent White House theme, Mr. Nixon declared he had surrendered all the evidence on Watergate -- despite demands by the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee for still more tapes and documents.
In a fairly brief reference to the arisis swirling around him, President Nixon told the graduating class at the Oklahoma State University.
Cheers and applause from the crowd drewned out the jeers and boos of a small group of protesters as the President made his appeal.
Mr. Nixon's trip to Stillwater, a small conservative college town set amid farming country, was his second journey from Washington since he released edited transcripts of White House conversations on 29 April, alienating many of his former supporters.
When Mr. Nixon arrived at the nearby Vance Air Force base, he was visibly bucyed by an ecstatic welcome from several thousand people. He declared; "when people tell me 'Hang in there, we're with you', believe me that does your heart good," and "we never give up."