NLE Farewell Address
Farewell Radio and Television Address to the American People by President Dwight D. Eisenhower,
January 17, 1961
My fellow Americans:
Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the
responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested
in my successor.
This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final
thoughts with you, my countrymen.
Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray
that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.
Our people expect their President and the Congress to find essential agreement on issues of great
moment, the wise resolution of which will better shape the future of the Nation.
My own relations with the Congress, which began on a remote and tenuous basis when, long ago, a
member of the Senate appointed me to West Point, have since ranged to the intimate during the war and
immediate post-war period, and, finally, to the mutually interdependent during these past eight years.
In this final relationship, the Congress and the Administration have, on most vital issues, cooperated
well, to serve the national good rather than mere partisanship, and so have assured that the business of
the Nation should go forward. So, my official relationship with the Congress ends in a feeling, on my
part, of gratitude that we have been able to do so much together.
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