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Scandal in The Scarlet Letter - Richard Nixon

Scandal in The Scarlet Letter - Richard Nixon
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  • Richard Nixon was elected as the 37th President of the United States from 1969-1974. He was an outspoken anti-communist, which helped boost his popularity at the time. He unsuccessfully ran against John F. Kennedy in 1960, but eventually won the Presidency in 1968.
  • Initially, Nixon was known for ending both the Vietnam War in 1973, and military conscription. This made him incredibly popular with the people who were “warred out”.
  • Nixon won reelection by a landslide in 1972, due in large part to the first successful American moon landing in 1969 and the ending of the draft. It seemed he was unstoppable.
  • "R" for "Resignation"
  • In June 1972, a break-in at the Democratic National Committee Watergate Building in Washington, D.C. led back to members of Nixon’s reelection campaign committee. They were trying to obtain secret information on the DNC. Reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, broke the story to the press after obtaining information from an FBI informant.
  • While it is still unknown if Nixon had foreknowledge of the break-in, the scandal overshadowed most of his work in office. He fired aides, released tapes that seemed doctored, and eventually admitted he had misled the country about the White House’s involvement in the scandal. He delivered his resignation speech to a national audience live on TV.
  • While Richard Nixon did a lot of important things for the country, his role in the cover-up of the Watergate Scandal ultimately overshadowed the legacy he had tried to establish. I am giving him the letter “R” for “Resignation,” because he will always be known as the only U.S. President to resign from office.

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