Richard Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate scandal left no doubt to his involvement of being impeached. During the Nixon Administration, he was able to prevent colleges from being gender biased and allowing both male and female to have equal opportunity and receiving financial aid as well as competing in sports. He was able to establish the Environmental Protection Agency. He also worked to create a relationship between the U.S and the Middle East. Unfortunately, even with all of the accomplishments, he was able to have, everyone will remember Richard Nixon as the president who was involved in the Watergate scandal. The Watergate scandal left an asterisk by his legacy while being in the office, the results left him with having to resign and with him facing criminal charges as well, the Scandal became well known to the public in the summer of 1974. Through my essay, I will discuss why I am intrigued by the Watergate scandal, and discuss what if Richard Nixon never got caught on the audio tape?
What kind of person commits three major violations of the national law and gets away with it? Well that person is Nixon. President Richard Nixon was one of the most famous presidents in the United States. He was mainly renowned for his huge role in the Watergate scandal. The Watergate scandal was important because Nixon and his cabinet arranged to get people to spy on the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate building. After it became clear Nixon was responsible, he manages to resign before he was going to be impeached. President Nixon was involved with the Watergate scandal and should be sentenced to jail because he organized it, which then got leaked out and finally led to his resignation.
When people think of Richard Nixon the Watergate scandal may come to mind. Impeachment might also come to mind, but contrary to popular thought he was never truly impeached. Notably, the only impeached presidents are Andrew Johnson and Bill Clinton. Yet, Nixon has a strong public disapprobation. Most of Richard Nixon’s legacy remains surrounded by negativity, but is there anything positive or noteworthy regarding Nixon’s presidency? Due to the Watergate scandal, people tend to overlook many aspects of Richard Nixon, to include, his background, his actual involvement in Watergate, and his legacy.
E.D. Nixon was born on July 12, 1899 in Lowndes country, Alabama to Sue Ann Chappell and Wesley M. Nixon. Nixon was head of the Montgomery branch of the Pullman porters union and the president of local NAACP. He had organized a group of 750 men who marched to Montgomery country. He was arrested mug from the boycott. Long before the famous boycott he had been campaigning for civil rights. Particularly voting rights working in a black community to get people register to vote.
During the 1960 presidential election, the candidates Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy made history by partaking in the first televised debate. The two men both gave their opinions on a multitude of issues and both argued their positions well, but the true argument was among the people who listened to the debate on the radio and the people who watched the debate on television. For those who listened to the debate, Richard Nixon was the clear winner; but, for those who watched the debate, Richard Nixon’s sweaty face appeared uncomfortable in comparison to Kennedy’s calm and collected appearance. This begs the question when is sweat “good/acceptable/attractive” and when is sweat “bad/unacceptable/unattractive”? With the assistance of a simple
Born in 1913 in Yorba Linda, California, Richard Milhouse Nixon was raised in a Quaker home with his four brothers, mother and father. His family led a docile life by abstaining from all dancing, swearing, drinking and other common Quaker practices (Barron 12). Financially, the family struggled and he could not afford to attend Harvard University even with a full-ride scholarship. Instead, Nixon enrolled at Whittier College, a popular Quaker college close to home (Barron 39). Nixon began dominating all of his academics and it was at Whittier where he began to shape his future political career.
Richard Nixon, though created a large credibility gap within the US, he accomplished a lot for the country. He served five years in the presidential office as a republican (1969-1974), and he was the only president to resign from office in history. Although through his presidency he had accomplished many things, such as creating revenue sharing, ending the draft, and creating anticrime laws, he still had a rough time rebuilding his reputation after many assumptions of corruption in his office. Though he never admittedly pledged guilty to his crimes of taking government funds for his own personal gain, there was proof that he was. After the Watergate scandal, the American people set their mind to believe what the proof led to, so Nixon’s
In the election of 1972, Nixon won by over sixty percent of the votes and won all states except Massachusetts against George McGovern (“The History Place…”). This is one of the biggest landslides in U.S. Presidential election history. In January 1973, Richard Nixon’s approval rating was sixty-seven percent, which is relatively high compared to current president Barack Obama’s forty-seven percent and many other Presidents before him (“The History Place…”). Therefore, he had a great reputation and was in the highest possible position, the leader of the free world, just like Father Flynn was in his parish. Richard Nixon also had a very positive relationship with members of the White House. For example, members of the White House were caught breaking in and violating the law to get President Nixon re-elected (“The History Place…”). Abuse of power comes from a high reputation that is unquestioned.
The author demonstrates President Nixon’s paranoia vividly. Another lesson learned is that presidents Clinton and Nixon are considered to be more politically cunning and knowledgeable than the other presidents reviewed, however, the two did not master their personal weaknesses. For instance President Nixon eventually had to resign due to his role in the Watergate scandal. President Ford who was the first unelected president in US’ history and he is praised for the role he played of restoring the public’s faith in government. Nixon is also described as a great historian with a great foresight. It is Nixon who is credited with shaping America’s foreign policy that ensured the US became a world leader and helped create peace with other world powers,
Richard Milhous Nixon graduated second in his class, with honors in History, and got a full scholarship from Whittier College. Not only that, but he was an active participant within his debate and drama committees in his school years (Greene 411). But how can someone as sharp and talented as him go so wrong? From the many alliances he made in order to gain political power, to sacrificing the lives of others internationally to gain more for himself, Nixon was one of the worst presidents in American history, having almost been impeached. He had made countless unforgivable errors time and time again, which ultimately lead to his career’s demise. Throughout the course of his six-and-a-half years of presidency, Nixon proved to be one of the worst
Richard Nixon's presidency is one of the most examined, analyzed and discussed, yet least understood, of all the American administrations in history. While many factors still remain to be discovered, and many mysteries are left to be resolved, we need to do the best that we can to make sense of this secretive president of our past and his era. He is the one American figure about whom very few people don't have strong feelings for. Nixon is loved and hated, honored and mocked . The term 'Watergate', labeled by Congress in 1974, stands for not only the burglary, but also for the numerous instances of officially sanctioned criminal activity and abuses of power as well as the obstruction of justice that preceded the actual break-in.
The 1960 presidential debate between John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon took place at a time when the world was recovering from the bloodiest and most destructive war in history. Soon after the end of WWII, the rise of the Soviet Union and Communism became a threat to the political and economic ideologies which made America “a great country.” So it was natural for both presidential candidates to take this issue to the podium and discuss the nature of threat posed by the USSR and how it affect United States’s image in the world stage. Additionally, while both candidates advocated progressivism—the belief that progress in science, technology, etc, are important for the human situation—Kennedy stressed that he is not satisfied in the educational system, food security, unemployment, energy, racial and gender inclusiveness. In contrast, Nixon claimed that the United States “is moving ahead,” stating that there has been an increased growth in most sections of the economy and building infrastructures, including the construction more schools.
Honestly I happen to believe that every president has their flaws. President Nixon was not the first president whose integrity was questioned for discerning and being dishonest. He sure wasn’t the last president that was called into questioning regarding being untruthful. These activities still and will continue, not only for presidents but for the current presidential candidates that we currently have. For example, Hilary Clinton, is currently under investigation for being untruthful about her emails and has a chance of being indicted. Our current president Obama is often caught up in political scandals. President Bush was often blamed for 911 and lied about many of the graphic details of Iraq. After terrorist activities of September 11, 2001
The Watergate scandal was a unique case for its time because it showed an incumbent office holder trying to be re-elected back into his position through illegal, dishonest means. Then Nixon tried to hide the fact that, he cheated but congress found out anyway and pressured him to give up any evidence that he had of his malicious acts. Nixon refused to give up the evidence and committed some actions that rose suspicious. This incident made Americans doubt their government. For instance, before the Watergate incident happen, the president of the United States could do no wrong in the eyes of the American people that was so dishonest and unethical. This incident tarnished the image of the presidency and made the American public mistrust their