Scandal : The Watergate Scandal

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Kristine Holdorf
March 16, 2015
English 122
Scandal Paper Final Draft
The Watergate Scandal

High-level political and governmental figures are often involved in influencing public policy as well as taking part in decision making. We look up to them and trust them to make our country a better place and protect us. Presidents, for instance, are very powerful leaders who enforce our nation’s laws and work very hard to keep our country safe. Presidents are often described as being courageous, dedicated, honest, influential, loyal, passionate, responsible, trustworthy, and strategic. Well, at least most of our presidents were.
June 17, 1972 marked the beginning of the most famous political scandal in history. It was early in the morning and
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Richard Nixon was born on January 9, 1913 on his parents lemon ranch in Yorba Linda, California. Richard Nixon was the second of five brothers, Harold, Donald, Arthur, and Edward. Nixon had a difficult childhood as he dealt with Harold and Arthur dying at a young age. “His early life was marked by financial hardship… In 1922, after the failure of the Nixons’ ranch (today the site of the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum), the family moved to be nearer Hannah’s relatives in Whittier, California. There, Frank Nixon opened a combination grocery store and gas station, in which the entire Nixon family worked in order to make ends meet” (“Biography of Richard Milhous Nixon” 2). As a result of childhood, Nixon had a drive to be successful.
Richard Nixon decided to run for President in January of 1968. “Portraying himself as a figure of stability in a time of national upheaval, Nixon promised a return to traditional values and ‘law and order.’” (Gould 23) After being elected into office, Nixon spent the majority of his first term in office focusing mainly on foreign policy initiatives. Nixon was creating a plan to assure an income for all Americans, which became known as the Family Assistance Plan in August 1969. As President, Richard Nixon said in a speech, “Do you want to make a point or do you want to make a change? Do you want to get something off your chest, or do you want to get something done?”
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