Thursday Morning, Aug. 8, resignation was transmuted from the tragic to the routine. Haig told me that Nixon would see Ford at 11 a.m. to tell him formally of his plan to resign. Some Cabinet members called, asking whether they should publicly announce their readiness to continue in office. I counseled against it; they should not deprive the new President of options.

At 12:30 p.m. Vice President Ford called. He had just left the President, he said. He wanted to waste no time in urging me to stay on and to "stand with me...

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