I remember watching this event happen when I was just 10-years-old. I didnt have the details, but I knew enough to understand the country was going through a rough patch. Later, President Gerald Ford pardoned Nixon. It was not the most popular decision Ford ever made, but in some respects it was good for the country to move on. Well, the subject of presidential pardons came up again last week when Vice-President Dick Cheneys Chief of Staff Scooter Libby was convicted. This begs the question; when is it right for the President to pardon someone, and would you ever grant one if you were the President?
Richard Nixon says goodbye to members of his staff outside the White House as he boards a helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base after resigning the Presidency in this Aug. 9, 1974 file photo.