Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, presided over a career of firsts. He was the first Republican candidate to participate in the first nationally televised presidential debate, he was the first president to visit the People’s Republic of China, the first president to nominate a vice-president under the terms of the 25th Amendment, and on August 9, 1974, Richard M. Nixon became the first president to resign from the office of the presidency. The Watergate Scandal began as a crime, grew to cover-up, and ended with the resignation of a leader of the free world. This scandal caused the downfall of what had been a thriving administration. Prior to 1972, the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. was a lavish hotel with an office and apartment complex.
He excelled in history and civics. After completing high school Nixon was offered opportunities to apply for scholarships at institutions such as Harvard and Yale, but decided to attend a small Quaker college, Whittier College, and be closer to home. After losing his second brother Nixon was said to have thrown himself into his studies as if “compensating for his brother’s death.” (Peterson, 2005, p. 1). Nixon graduated Whittier College second in his class. He then received a scholarship to Duke University School of Law.
Reconciliation was the first goal set by President Richard M. Nixon. The Nation was painfully divided, with turbulence in the cities and war overseas. During his Presidency, Nixon succeeded in ending American fighting in Viet Nam and improving relations with the U.S.S.R. and China. But the Watergate scandal brought fresh divisions to the country and ultimately led to his resignation. His election in 1968 had climaxed a career unusual on two counts: his early success and his comeback after being defeated for President in 1960 and for Governor of California in 1962.
Not able to tend to his presidential duties Nixon had to take his first chair in a number of important meetings. After their presidency was over Nixon launched his presidency in 1960 against John F. Kennedy. After loosing the presidency to Kennedy, Nixon was not enthusiastic about running again until a little push from Billy Graham gave him a little confidence. On November 5, 1968 Nixon was elected as the 37th Though Nixon’s... ... middle of paper ... ...e evidence captured proved that Nixon in fact did have a part in the scandal but he tried to deny and say they where recording private conversations. After about 20mins of silence during the tapes it revealed obstruction of justice, abuse of power, and defiance of committee subpoena.
Reagan decided to run for Governor of California in 1966 and defeated Edmund G. Brown, Sr., by nearly one million votes. His two terms as governor were tough because six of the eight years he served the legislature was controlled by Democrats, him being a Republican. As governor, Reagan became known as a conservative politician who wanted to restrict government involvement in economy and society. Ronald Reagan made a last-minute effort to get the 1968 Republican presidenti... ... middle of paper ... ...ent to Muslim guerillas fighting the communist government of Afghanistan. In 1982, in an effort to strengthen the Lebanon government, he sent marines to Lebanon.
Democratic candidate and incumbent President Lyndon B. Johnson had come to office less than a year earlier following the assassination of his predecessor, John F. Kennedy. The Republican candidate Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona suffered from a lack of support. Johnson's campaign advocated social programs and further federal efforts to curb racial segregation, collectively known as the Great Society, and successfully portrayed Goldwater as being a dangerous extremist. Johnson easily won the Presidency, carrying 44 of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. In the beginning of his speech, he uses a unique style to communicate his speech.
Reagan realized he wanted to lead the country during his time working in California, in the Screen Actor's Guild. He was bothered by the spread of communism in Hollywood. He took over the Presidency in 1980 after four years of the most awful leadership this country has ever had. Just as he swore in his campaign, he lowered taxes, got control of oil prices and suppressed the paper tiger of the East. For the next eight years were some of the best times this country had ever seen.
He lost the election in 1988 when running for presidency. Apparently he won several primaries but his campaign appeared to be unfocused and unorganized. In 1993 he was nominated as Bill Clinton's running mate for that presidential election. He also became Clinton's close confidant, while also helping develop some of his own areas of concern such as down sizing the government and developing urban establishments and fighting global warming. This ticket helped him gain the office of vice President of the US which he has held for two consecutive terms.
His family moved to Whittier, California, Nixon was nine years old and thanks to his mother he became really good at politics and debating. Through his school years he ended up earning a tuition pay scholarship to Duke University Law School and also graduated number three of his class in 1937. Finally after graduating from the Duke University he went back to Whittier, where he worked in al old law firm for various years. Nixon wanted something bigger than that old law firm, but World War II interfered and he ended up working in the distribution of tired for the Office of Price Administration in Washington, D.C. before he actually took part in the war as a lieutenant in the navy. Before he was done with his active duty the Republicans started asking him if he could run for a seat in California’s 12th congressional district in the House of Representatives.
Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter. On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar. Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense.