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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1564
AUTHOR: Richard Milhous Nixon (1913–94)
QUOTATION: I made my mistakes, but in all of my years in public life, I have never profited, never profited from public service—I have earned every cent. And in all of my years of public life, I have never obstructed justice. And I think, too, that I could say that in my years of public life, that I welcome this kind of examination, because people have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I am not a crook. I have earned everything I have got.
ATTRIBUTION: President RICHARD M. NIXON, televised question and answer session at the annual convention of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association, Orlando, Florida, November 17, 1973.—Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Richard Nixon, 1973, p. 956.
SUBJECTS: Public service