White House Press Secretary Ronald Ziegler in a press room at the White House in Washington DC, United States reads a statement outlining dismissals of officials (known as Saturday Night Massacre) made by U.S. President Richard Nixon on October 20th , 1973. He says that President Nixon has taken action in which he has fired special prosecutor Archibald Cox in the Watergate Case. It was because of his refusal to comply with instructions given to him through U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson. He was not to seek to invoke the judicial process any further to compel production of recordings, notes, or memorandum regarding private Presidential conversations. He says that office of the Watergate Special Prosecution Forces has been abolished and its function will be transferred back to the Department of Justice. Ziegler says that President Nixon sought to avoid a constitutional confrontation by the action he announced on Friday October 19th, 1973 to give the courts the information from the tapes which the President had considered privileged. Further he says that President Nixon's action was accepted by responsible leaders in the Congress and in the country. But special prosecutor Cox's refusal to follow the President's instructions at a time of serious world crisis made it necessary for the President to discharge him. Ziegler says that before taking any action the President met with Richardson to instruct him to dismiss Cox, but Richardson refused to do so. After Richardson submitted his resignation, the President directed Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to dismiss Cox. When Ruckelshaus refused to carry out President's directive, he also was discharged. President Nixon then directed acting Attorney General Robert Bork to carry out the instructions and Bork fired Cox.
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on the withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. President Nixon talks about prosperity in the United States without war abroad and without inflation at home. He says that inflation is a terrible cost of war with which the United States is battling at home presently. He speaks about cutting the rate of inflation by controlling meat prices. He says that the U.S. has increased imports from abroad and production at home which will increase meat supply and he has ordered Council of Cost to impose ceiling of prices so that the meat price does not increase any higher. President Nixon says he has submitted 268 billion dollars of federal budget to the Congress this year and if this budget increases as proposed by the Congress then that would mean an increase in taxes by 15% or an increase in the prices. He says he shall veto bills which will break the federal budget he has submitted.
The Osborne Brothers perform for the First Family of the United States at the White House in Washington DC, United States on March 17, 1973. Wearing an oversize green satin bow-tie President Nixon arrives on a stage. He explains that he wears the green tie because it is St. Patrick's Day. He also notes that Mrs. Nixon also wears green and that it is her birthday. The crowd applauds. The First Lady of the United States Pat Nixon, her daughters Tricia Nixon Cox and Julie Nixon Eisenhower and sons in law Edward F. Cox and David Eisenhower seated. President Nixon joins his family after introducing the performers and commenting on this being an evening with "American" music. The Osborne Brothers perform a song called "Rocky Top."The crowd applauds. (This Osborne Brothers' performance marks the first ever performance of Bluegrass Music at the White House.)
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on the withdrawal of remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. The White House. The Seal of the President of the United States. The President talks about that period of the Vietnam War when he joined the office and speaks about the program he initiated to end the war. He says American prisoners are on their way from Vietnam and people of South Vietnam are now free to choose their government. He says North Vietnam is not complying with few provisions of the Peace Agreement. He says that they should honor all those American soldiers who died during the Vietnam War. He refers to the difficult days of the war including the moratorium to end the war which was organized on October 15, 1969 when millions of Americans took day off from work and schools to participate in local demonstrations against the war. Nixon refers to the period of April 1971 when he ordered attacks on Communist bases in Cambodia. He talks about the period of May 1972 when he ordered air strikes in North Vietnam and the period of December 1972 when he ordered more air strikes.
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. President Nixon speaks about the end of the Vietnam War. He speaks about differences about war which divides a nation. He talks about bringing peace and reducing the burden of armaments. He refers to nations in past which fell at the height of their wealth and strength and assures that it would not happen to the United States. He shares his experience of speaking to an American prisoner who survived in a communist prison during the Vietnam War.
Television broadcast of U.S. President Richard Nixon's speech from the White House in Washington DC, United States on withdrawal of the remaining U.S. troops from Vietnam on 29th March 1973 during the Vietnam War. President Nixon speaks about progress that the U.S. has made towards peace and the end of the Vietnam War. He says that the United States should not reduce its defense budget. He speaks about negotiations with the Soviet Union regarding elimination of nuclear arms. He says that cutting down defense budget before the negotiations would increase the danger of war and there should be mutual reduction in defense. President Nixon says that the U.S. should maintain its strength.