Richard M. Nixon (1913–1992), U.S. Republican politician, president. television broadcast, Nov. 3, 1969. Quoted in Nixon: The Triumph of a Politician, ch. 14, Stephen Ambrose (1989).
In his Memoirs, Nixon commented: "Very few speeches actually influence the course of history. The November 3 speech was one of them." On the subject of Vietnam, he later wrote: "No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now."("No More Vietnams" in New York Times (March 28, 1985)).