"Go through the fire just a little bit longer. You are strong." Julie Nixon Eisenhower to her father, August 6, 1974.
Forty years ago this week, Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency. The Nixon Library is releasing unedited footage of the 37th President chronicling his final days in the White House, recorded in 1983.
Nixon discusses telling his family of his painful decision to resign, and their strong opposition to him leaving office before his term ended.
Julie Nixon Eisenhower, the Nixons’ younger daughter, frequently wrote notes to her father while in the White House.
"Whatever you do, I will support. I am very proud of you," Julie Nixon Eisenhower wrote to her father on August 6, 1974. "Go through the fire just a little bit longer. You are strong."
"Like her mother, she was a fighter. If anything would have changed my mind, believe me, that would have done it," Nixon says. "But it was too late."
Images from President Nixon’s meeting with his family to announce his decision to resign. 8/7/74.
-From the Nixon Library
In 1943, General Eisenhower sat down to write a letter to Ruth Eisenhower, the 4 year old daughter of his younger brother Milton.
In reply to a double-sided sheet of penciled “waves” addressed to “Uncle Ike” and signed “Ruthie,” Eisenhower wrote: “I enjoyed your letter. I know exactly what you said. I am astonished that you have made such progress since last I saw you. Since I cannot write as well as you do, I will have to have this done on the typewriter so your Mother may have to read it to you.” 4/6/43.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Jimmy Carter and family celebrate Christmas at home in Plains, Georgia. 12/25/1978.
-from the Carter Library
Photo Gallery: Presidents as Fathers
In honor of all the awesome dads out there, a Presidential Father’s Day gallery from the White House blog.
Happy Father’s Day!
Pictured, John F. Kennedy claps as his children, Caroline and John, Jr. dance in the Oval Office. 10/10/62
While we may think of them as First Ladies, their kids know them as “mom.” In celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend, we’ve combed the archives for family photos of First Ladies with their children. It’s our way of saying thank you to all the moms out there for…well, everything!
Up first, Eleanor Roosevelt and her daughter Anna. 1906.