8 Speeches Written For Potential Tragedies That We Luckily Never Heard

For any major event, Presidents and other politicians need to be ready to react and respond swiftly to any outcome, which includes preparing their public comments that will be made moments after an event.  To facilitate a quick response, two speeches are written – one for victory and another for failure.  Luckily, the events below resulted in the victory speech being called into service.  These speeches were the ones that the world never heard.


Nixon Informing The Nation That Armstrong and Aldrin Won’t Be Leaving The Moon


No matter how much preparation was completed, landing someone on the moon was simply an incredible endeavour, especially in 1969.  Nixon was prepared in case things didn’t work out.

Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace.

These brave men, Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin, know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.These two men are laying down their lives in mankind’s most noble goal: the search for truth and understanding.

They will be mourned by their families and friends; they will be mourned by their nation; they will be mourned by the people of the world; they will be mourned by a Mother Earth that dared send two of her sons into the unknown. In their exploration, they stirred the people of the world to feel as one; in their sacrifice, they bind more tightly the brotherhood of man.

In ancient days, men looked at stars and saw their heroes in the constellations. In modern times, we do much the same, but our heroes are epic men of flesh and blood.

Others will follow, and surely find their way home. Man’s search will not be denied. But these men were the first, and they will remain the foremost in our hearts.

For every human being who looks up at the moon in the nights to come will know that there is some corner of another world that is forever mankind.


Eisenhower Telling Of A Failed D-Day

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, at his headquarters in the European theather of operations. He wears the five-star cluster of the newly-created rank of General of the Army. February 1, 1945. T4c. Messerlin. (Army) NARA FILE #: 080-G-331330 WAR & CONFLICT BOOK #: 745

A major turning point in the war came with a heavy amount of risk.  Eisenhower was well aware of this and was prepared in case the Germans were able to hold their positions.

Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do.

If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt, it is mine alone

Lincoln Loses The Presidency But Hopes To Save The Union


Lincoln realized he had a chance to lose 1864 election to his former general, George B. McClellan, and wanted to ensure the continuity of his plan and the country in case it happened.  His concession speech focused around what needed to be done after he left office.  This is only a portion; most of it was lost.

The City (Richmond) it must be destroyed and Jeff. Davis and Cabinet killed.

Nixon Announces His Un-Resignation


After Watergate, Nixon originally planned to stick it out and carry through with the impeachment process.  Something changed his mind and this speech was scrapped.

If I were to resign, it would spare the country additional months consumed with the ordeal of a Presidential impeachment and trial.

But it would leave unresolved the questions that have already cost the country so much in anguish, division and uncertainty. More important, it would leave a permanent crack in our Constitutional structure: it would establish the principle that under pressure, a President could be removed from office by means short of those provided by the Constitution. By establishing that principle, it would invite such pressures on every future President who might, for whatever reason, fall into a period of unpopularity…

Eisenhower and Arthur Godfrey’s Doomsday Message

Arthur Godfrey

During the cold war, Mr. Godfrey was a huge television star and a kind of wholesome “national grandfather.” He also happened to be a friend of President Eisenhower.  It was his calming effect that caused him to be chosen by Eisenhower to record a PSA to be played in case a nuclear war broke out.  It was to be played from Mount Weather doomsday hideaway in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Fortunately the speech was never played, but unfortunately, all copies of it were lost.

Kennedy Declaring War On Cuba

U.S. President John F. Kennedy reports to the nation on the status of the Cuban crisis from Washington, D.C. on Nov. 2, 1962. He told radio and television listeners that Soviet missile bases "are being destroyed" and that U.S. air surveillance would continue until effective international inspection is arranged. U.S. government conclusions about the missile bases, he said, are based on aerial photographs made Nov. 1. (AP Photo)

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America and Kennedy reacted severely and quickly once it was discovered that Cuba was harboring nuclear weapons.  JFK knew that military action might need to be taken and prepared the speech below.  Historians state that if the US would have been forced into action it quite possibly could have led to a WWIII.

My fellow Americans, with a heavy heart, and in necessary fulfillment of my oath of office, I have ordered — and the United States Air Force has now carried out — military operations with conventional weapons only, to remove a major nuclear weapons build-up from the soil of Cuba.

Sarah Palin’s Victory Speech


Thrusting politics aside, the McCain/Palin ticket of 2008 took a nosedive when Palin was added to the ticket.  While McCain may have been an intriguing candidate, his divisive choice for VP was heavily debated and criticized even among republicans.

As for my own family, well, it’s been quite a journey these past 69 days. We were ready, in defeat, to return to a place and a life we love. And I said to my husband Todd that it’s not a step down when he’s no longer Alaska’s ‘First Dude.’ He will now be the first guy ever to become the ‘Second Dude.’

FDR’s Final Words


This one doesn’t fall into the success/failure bracket, but was a speech that the world never had the chance to hear.  On April 12, 1945, Franklin D. Roosevelt was primed to give a speech for Jefferson Day when he collapsed.  Had never had the opportunity to address the world one final time to deliver this stoic speech.

Let me assure you that my hand is the steadier for the work that is to be done, that I move more firmly into the task, knowing that you—millions and millions of you—are joined with me in the resolve to make this work endure.

The work, my friends, is peace, more than an end of this war—an end to the beginning of all wars, yes, an end, forever, to this impractical, unrealistic settlement of the differences between governments by the mass killing of peoples.

Today as we move against the terrible scourge of war—as we go forward toward the greatest contribution that any generation of human beings can make in this world—the contribution of lasting peace—I ask you to keep up your faith…

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

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