A Valedictory Address Respected Patrons and Friends, With much diffidence, I arise to address you on a subject which is of great importance, both to myself and to those of my fellow schoolmates who are about to leave the school.
Not that our nation has been flawless from the start, but that we have shown the capacity to change, and make life better for those who follow. The rise of naked partisanship, increasing economic and regional stratification, the splintering of our media into a channel for every taste — all this makes this great sorting seem natural, even inevitable.
Is it possible that the end means the beginning? Because as my mother used to tell me, reality has a way of catching up with you. Nixon appeared on television and announced his decision to resign the presidency effective at noon the next day.
And I only wish that I were a wealthy man -- at the present time, I have got to find a way to pay my taxes -- and if I were, I would like to recompense you for the sacrifices that all of you have made to serve in government.
When she had just become a mother, when her life seemed to be just begun and when the years seemed so bright before her, then by a strange and terrible fate death came to her. And as I leave, let me say, that is an example I think all of us should remember.
It is a cause bigger than yourself. After eight years as your President, I still believe that. The announcement came as a result of the Watergate scandal involving illegal snooping and other activities by members of the president's staff, targeting political opponents. And so I say to you on this occasion, as we leave, we leave proud of the people who have stood by us and worked for us and served this country.
For every two steps forward, it often feels we take one step back. You made me a better President, and you made me a better man.