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Alone in the White House’s Lincoln Sitting Room at 1 a.m., President Nixon writes himself the following note: “I have decided my major role is moral leadership. I cannot exercise this adequately unless I speak out more often and more eloquently.… I must take the time to prepare and leave technical matters to others.” [Reeves, 2001, pp. 25]

Entity Tags: Richard M. Nixon

Timeline Tags: Nixon and Watergate

President Nixon eliminates the Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP), and transfers its functions to the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The GSA will take over the agency’s civil defense, continuity of government, resource management, and other emergency preparedness functions, while HUD will be responsible for disaster preparedness and relief. [Message of the President, 1/26/1973; Richard M. Nixon, 6/27/1973 pdf file; Wing and Walton, 1/1980, pp. 35; B. Wayne Blanchard, 2/5/2008, pp. 18] Similar emergency planning responsibilities are held by the Defense Civil Preparedness Agency, which was established by Nixon within the Department of Defense in May 1972 (see May 5, 1972).

Entity Tags: US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Emergency Preparedness (1968-1973), Richard M. Nixon, General Services Administration

Timeline Tags: Civil Liberties

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