“Looking back on past events is what all archivists do every day. It was never more frustrating to be unable to change that history than it was when I was processing these [the 9/11 Commission] records.”—Check out this amazing post on processing the records of the 9/11 Commission from one of our archivists, Kristen Wilhelm, that is featured on the National Archives’ Prologue blog. (via congressarchives)
40th Anniversary of the Nixon Pardon: The Announcement
Ladies and gentlemen, I have come to a decision which I felt I should tell you and all of my fellow American citizens, as soon as I was certain in my own mind and in my own conscience that it is the right thing to do.
At 11:05 a.m. on September 8, 1974, President Ford addressed the nation from the Oval Office to announce his decision to “grant a full, free and absolute pardon unto Richard Nixon for all offenses against the United States which he, Richard Nixon, has committed or may have committed.”