What do you think of Nixon's planned speech in the event of moon landing failure?
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.
These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.
These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.
They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown.
In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.
In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.
Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.
For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.
- InLv 76 months ago
I wonder what he planned to do with Michael Collins orbiting the moon in the command/service module?Source(s): https://www.foxnews.com/science/michael-collins-ap... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_command_and_s...
- Gus McCraeLv 76 months ago
At least he was willing to do that. Hillary didn't have one ready and went home to sober up first anyway.
- Tad DubiousLv 76 months ago
It was good he had one ready. It's a good speech. It is good he didn't have to make it. It's ALL good!
- 6 months ago
Good not bad good
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- NickLv 66 months ago
Nixon seized on the opportunity of finally becoming President ever since he had been defeated by JFK.
- Blue Skies.Lv 76 months ago
Served the purpose at the time. And made the world feel part of
the amazing experience that had taken place.
- u_bin_calledLv 76 months ago
It makes me think of a time when leadership, language, thoughtfulness...and most-importantly, the study and understanding thereof... actually mattered...
Another example is Dwight D. Eisenhower's brief letter drafted in the case the D-Day landings failed. When compared to his famous and eloquent "The eyes of the world are upon you" speech before the landings, the terse note where he takes full blame for the failure speaks to the dread he must have felt and his true understanding of what was at stake.
- Mr. SmartypantsLv 76 months ago
When JFK proposed the moon landing early in the 60s, Nixon was dead set against it. He never thought that when it actually happened, he'd be president. But when the landing module landed on the moon, Nixon insisted on a split-screen on TV while he called the astronauts on the moon, so he could share in the accomplishment, so it could be all about HIM.
Presidents very often have speeches ready to go in case something happens. They do a lot of 'contingency planning'. You know it was a distinct possibility that the guys would just die up there, or worse, be stranded alive and not be able to get back. Then everyone would want to hear a speech from the president about how we felt about it. How we felt about it was that it was sad, the men were heroes, and we weren't going to let this deter us, we'd try again.
- SherryLv 76 months ago
I think it's no different than media outlets having memorials planned for all major celebrities and politicians. I guess they tweak them a bit from time to time when fall into disfavor.
- Anonymous6 months ago
Meanwhile, how's the job hunt going