Nixon’s presidency is considered very controversial and people have widely different opinions about whether or not he was a good president. During his regime he established many important policies and political reforms, some of which still affect the U.S. today. However, at some point the seriousness and amount of his mistakes outweighed his accomplishments, leading him to be the first and so far only president to resign from office. After years and with the information that has been made available for public today, become all Nixon’s hidden and less hidden fails as clear as the countryside sky.
The Watergate scandal is the name given to President Richard Nixon’s planned break-in of the Democratic National Headquarters and its attempted cover-up (Free Dictionary. 2014). The Watergate scandal hurt the President’s image and caused the American people to distrust the government. Although Nixon accomplished a lot of good during his presidency, it is out shadowed by the Watergate break-in and cover-up. On June 17, 1972, at 2:30 am, five men hired by Richard Nixon broke into the Democratic National Headquarters, the Watergate Hotel in Washington D.C., and were arrested for attempted burglary and attempted interception of telephone and other communications (“Brief Timeline of Events.” 2013).
In the early 1970s the Watergate Scandal rocked America and eventually led to the resignation of Richard Nixon. The Washington Post assigned reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to the incident, and through their investigative journalism, they traced the Watergate break-in back to Nixon. All the President’s Men showcases Woodward and Bernstein’s investigation of Watergate, whereas in The Final Days Woodward and Bernstein tell the story of the last days of the Nixon presidency. In All the President’s Men and The Final Days, Woodward and Bernstein use third person omniscient narration to show the investigation of the media and the lack of morality of the Nixon administration.
The Nixon Resignation How would you feel if you could not trust someone? What if that someone was a great importance to your country? You would most likely feel betrayed, unable to believe a single word uttered from their lips. You would not want them to have any influence on the matters of your country.
In Richard Nixon’s 1952 “Checkers” speech, Nixon attempts to defend himself against critics who claim that he used $18,000 of contribution from his supporters and for his own profit. Nixon used his speech to reach his goal of persuading the American public to see his side of the situation. The speech is effective because of the use of the rhetorical techniques logos, pathos, and ethos that Nixon uses to effectively sway over his audience. However, because of the fallacies and possible bias in Nixon’s speech the validity is put into question.
Question 7 (for 10 points): After Nixon was connected to the break-in of the offices of the DNC at the Watergate business complex, in part due to the affiliation of his connection to one of the burglars, who was an employee of Nixon’s Committee for the Re-election of the President (CREEP), it gradually became apparent that the Watergate break in was largely a result of Nixon’s beliefs concerning the degree of latitude his office afforded him with regards to transgression of federal law. As the result of an investigation by a senate committee prompted by the Watergate scandal, it was discovered that during his presidency Nixon had committed a number of crimes, which included “extending political favors to powerful business groups in exchange
Richard Nixon was the 37th president of the United States and currently the only president to have resigned from office. From 1969 to 1974 Nixon held office after a new wave of conservatism due to the College students marches that consequently turned into riots over anti-war Vietnam sentiment. Furthermore the Democratic Party split due to polarization over the involvement of the United States in the war. According to The Enduring Vision President Nixon had a tendency to be paranoid and fearful of any political opponent; including an “enemies list” where he kept all political opponents in check.
Nixon's general appearance was not appealing to the public eye from a previous election he ran in against John F. Kennedy. Nixon was not prepared for the debate having recently been released from the hospital while looking unwell and very sick. Nixon's appearance was upkept because his main interests had always been in international affairs. It was important for him to keep up appearances in front of other world leaders and he succeeded in doing so. After the Watergate Scandal was exposed nixon's public opinion fell to extreme lows, in some cases 31% and 27% approval ratings.
June 17, 1972, a day once called a bigger tragedy than the American Civil war. Several burglars were caught breaking into the Democratic National Committee and stealing government documents and wire tapping phone lines. An on duty security guard notices the locks have been tampered with and calls the police, soon catching the intruders the police find thousands of dollars that link back to the Nixon reelection campaign. Investigation on Richard Nixon soon then gets carried out.
Impeachment was first used in the British political system in the second half of the 14th century, since then it has been used by many other countries including the United States. The House of Representatives has the sole power to impeach and the Senate has the power to try an impeachment. Both President Johnson and President Clinton were impeached and President Nixon resigned before he could be impeached. Impeachment is a charge of misconduct made against the holder of the public office. The constitution states that a person in power can be impeached for/ conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes of misdemeanors.