In Richard Nixon's Aug. 8, 1974, resignation speech, he conceded his presidency partly for the sake of saving the country the embarrassment of potentially grueling and endless impeachment proceedings that were only just beginning. His actions demonstrated his intentions were for the good of the nation, and not for any personal agenda he may have had.

With the rest of the world looking to us for true leadership, maybe President Clinton should take note:" . . . I now believe that the constitutional purpose has been served, and there is no longer a need for the process to be prolonged. . . . I would have preferred to carry through to the finish, whatever the personal agony it would have involved, and my family unanimously urged me to do so. But the interests of the nation must always come before any personal considerations. . . .

"I have never been a quitter. To leave office before my term is completed is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But as president, I must put the interests of America first. America needs a full-time president and a full-time Congress, particularly at this time with problems we face at home and abroad. . . . to continue to fight through the months ahead for my personal vindication would almost totally absorb the time and attention of both the president and the Congress in a period when our entire focus should be on the great issues of peace abroad and prosperity without inflation at home."

Congress is likely to proceed with impeachment proceedings whether we agree with it or not. Please, Mr. Clinton, save the country, and indeed the whole world, the embarrassment and step down.

Rod Ririe