In 1974, former President Nixon resigned from office and Gerald Ford became the temporary president. One of the first executive orders that Ford did was pardon Nixon for his crimes against the United States. The entire scandal had, “driven a stake into the heart of traditional national politics.” (Farber, 27) This controversy was not only publicized nationally, but severely damaged the American people’s already withering relationship with their government.
Richard Nixon was the 37th U.S President from January 20, 1969 through August 9, 1974 and during his term, President Nixon would become one of the most talked about administration. This was due to the Watergate scandal; this would heavily over shadow his other accomplishments and bring the White House under the microscope. Nixon would tap phones and record conversations of people when he would have meetings. He did end the war in Vietnam and improved our relationships with China and the USSR. One of his objections in the United States was to try and bridge the divide in our cities and try to heal the war weary people of our nation, because of all the disagreements over Vietnam.
“The Committee uncovered the existence of the secret White House tape recordings, sparking a major political and legal battle between the Congress and the President.” (3) One was known as the “smoking gun” tape, which revealed Nixon’s involvement in the Watergate cover-up from June 23, 1972, only a few days after the Watergate break-in. (4) Nixon soon lost all his political support, facing impeachment from the House Judiciary Committee. In August 1974, Nixon resigned from office, becoming the only U.S. president in history to
The Nation was greatly changed by one President that will always be remembered: Richard Nixon. He was a respected President but made some bad decisions during his presidency. He is not the only President that made bad decisions. Every President did, but his decisions changed the way people view the next future ruler and the way people look at politics. Richard Nixon established connections with China and the Soviet Union, but he will always be known for his mistakes during the Vietnam War and the Watergate Scandal.
Nixon was the “unindicted co – conspirator” of this whole scandal. Additional research reveals that the website http://www.thejournal.ie/what-was-watergate-14-facts-richard-nixon-494970-Jun2012/ reports that “their work mainly involved following the money trial which broadly led from the burglars back to CREEP which had a slush fund to pay for the all the illegal activities that were going in.” Impeachment was necessary as punishment for such an act. Consequences had to be recognized by the actions of the Nixon Administration and resignation was the best solution. Give one example of someone within the Nixon Administration abusing their power.
The presidencies of Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter had a profound impact on American politics and society. While Carter and Nixon were from different political parties (Carter being a Democrat and Nixon being a Republican), they shared a commonality in addressing the major issues of their time, such as war, foreign policy/affairs, and civil rights. Richard Nixon served as President of the United States from 1969 to 1974. Nixon’s strengths were found in the roles of Commander in Chief, Chief of State, and Chief Legislature. He was controversial to some and oversaw a distressing time in American history, including the Vietnam War (Commander in Chief), the Watergate scandal, and the oil embargo (Chief Legislature).
First, Richard Nixon did many things to abuse his presidential powers. Outside of the knowledge of Congress, he ordered the American military to invade Cambodia and Laos. He was responsible for multiple bombing raids there which had major repercussions for our armed forces as well as America. Nixon also bugged the oval office to listen to
In general I would say Richard Nixon was a fairly decent president. During a time where there were many protests amongst the American public (especially the youth) against the troops in Vietnam, Nixon was able to pull the troops out of the war. Nixon also reduced the tensions with the Soviet Union, and helped China join the United Nations. He also helped decrease the amount of racial discrimination by segregating schools in the south. It is a shame though, that those achievements of his are not acknowledged because of the Watergate Scandal.
Instead of going along with the Watergate Scandal Richard Nixon could have stepped up like a good president and stop the situation. Also, instead of giving them hush money, he could have made them tell the police or he could have went to the police himself and told them what was happening. There are so many solution that Richard Nixon could have done and he wouldn’t have been impeached ,but it happened and now he can’t take it back. Nixon can’t even redo his wrong and neither can the
From the five burglars all the way up the political “food chain” to Richard Nixon, there were many people involved in one of the biggest scandals in U.S. history. The major fact that stunned a large number of Americans was not that many of the people in Congress were a part of the scandal, but that their own president orchestrated the whole thing. These actions, and the sly sneaking around of the government,
President Nixon helped our environment threefold during his presidency. Unfortunately, the majority of U.S. citizens either do not notice or do not care about these changes. Even though Richard Nixon was held responsible for the Watergate Scandal ,he did many things that have a big impact on the environment today. Before he resigned from office, Richard Nixon enacted the Clean Air Act of 1970 and founded the Environmental Protection Agency. Richard Nixon did many other great deeds that benefit the environment that we live in today.
The message that came across was that the President was essentially too good to obey the law. o This resulted in many presidents acting weaker until about the start of the 21st century, when then issue over executive privilege started to arise. Running the Government: The Chief Executive • It is common to see that people forget it is also the president’s responsibility to work with other branches of the government. o
He had amassed a collection of government fills, tape records, and intelligence on the common people in the Watergate building. After it was broken into, files were stolen and released to the public. It was the first real time that the general public learned just how paranoid Nixon was, but also how much he wanted to keep the power he already had. As these precious documents surfaced, one could see in full light that Nixon exhibited all the symptoms of Paranoid Personality Disorder. He was always distrustful of people, he recorded every encounter he had, so that one could twist his words against him.
All of this deceit only made Nixon viewed as dishonest and shady to the American people, making his impeachment seem almost predictable. But something that was not predicted was Richard Nixon’s
Andrew Johnson became the President of the United States after the assassination of President Lincoln. Johnson stepped into office after the Civil War, which was a fragile time for the country. As president after the war, it was Johnson’s duty to assist in unifying the southern slave states and the northern rebellious population, as one country. This was a difficult task to complete, especially after the assassination of a former president who really helped in the Civil War and with slavery. Johnson tried to quickly restore the states in the Union, however his actions lead to a presidential impeachment.