For the first time in what seemed like forever, the American people had finally elected a leader who seemed unquestionably trustworthy – or so they thought. Unfortunately, shortly after Nixon was elected to his second term of presidency in 1972, the Watergate Scandal changed America forever by creating a sense of mistrust toward the government for the American people because of The Nixon Administration’s actions. It all began on Sunday, June 18, 1972 when Frank Wills, security guard at the Watergate office complex in Washington, D.C., found a piece of tape that was preventing a door from locking. After removing the piece of tape from the door, he later found that it had been re-taped. This seemed suspicious, so ... ... middle of paper ... ... 2013.
It took Nixon about four years but eventually he put an end to the Vietnam War. He promised the American people that when he took office his highest priority would be putting an end to the horrible war. He did what he promised and deserves credit for that. Although things did not always work out for him he came back from the events a smarter man. He used his knowledge to win the election.
The fact that the suffix "-gate" became shorthand for any scandal involving deception at high levels of power is one of many signs that Watergate greatly impacted America. Ronald Reagan's Iran-gate, Bill Clinton's Monica-gate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bridge-gate are just a few examples. As a result of the Watergate scandal, the Republican party as a whole was severely damaged; the American people lost all trust for Republicans. Therefore, the Democrats were able to gain many more seats in the House and the Senate. Watergate truly fostered a skeptical attitude towards politicians and the presidency.
All throughout history from Greece to modern day, tragic heroes have existed, not only in literature, but in real life as well. President Richard Nixon meets the criteria of a tragic hero. During his presidency, Nixon exhibited goodness and had high standing before his fatal mistake that led to his downfall. When people think about President Richard Nixon, they immediately associate him with the Watergate scandal, but actually “…his pre-Watergate record is a lot better than most [people] realize…” (DeGregorio 600). Nixon and his administration stepped up and exhibited goodness during his first term and part of his second term.
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Prior to 1972, the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C. was a lavish hotel with an office and apartment complex. Soon it would become the birthplace of what would become one of the greatest scandals of a presidency. In the 1972 presidential campaign, the Nixon Administration formed the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CREEP), lead by Attorney General, John Mitchell. This committee launched a substantial fundraising campaign to generate as much funding as possible before it became mandatory to report campaign contribution. The money would be used to fund any project necessary to re-elect the president, although Nixon was already widely popular among the American people.
The Watergate Scandal was a major political scandal during the Presidency of Nixon. Nixon, paranoid and afraid of losing his reelection, employed men to do an assortment of illegal activities intended to place the republicans ahead of the democrats in the election. The activities were not detected until a failed break in of the Watergate building. The corrupt actions were exposed and 43 people were eventually incarcerated, due to the dedication of Woodward and Bernstein in discovering the truth. Before criticizing Woodward's and Bernstein's behavior, the hardships that interfered with the freedom of press at that time have to be considered.
Richard Nixon’s time in the White House was, without a doubt, one of the most unusual presidencies in American history. Nixon quickly took a different approach from the men that came before him; although he entered office at a trying time for the American people, he insisted that the public needed the hard facts, not inspirational speeches. However, after winning the election Nixon gave in to his advisors’ desires for an uplifting message, and promised the public that his administration would be committed to “bringing the American people together”. While Nixon rarely repeated this message, and probably never meant it, Nixon did manage to unite the American people, just not in the way his advisors intended. The covert methods and agencies that Nixon created to ensure his own prosperity and his enemies’ demise, collectively known as the Watergate scandal, would ultimately serve to bring about the president’s resignation and shock the American political system to its core.
1991 was a hectic year in Russia. With the collapse of the Soviet Union and resignation of Premier Mikhail Gorbachev, there was a large vacuum for power. Yeltsin, acting as de facto leader of Russia, called for a presidential election. Despite lacking the support of Mikhail Gorbachev and most of Parliament, he had high ambitions—he wanted to be Russia’s first popular elected president. [Treisman 02/24/14] The 1991 election was Russia’s first real presidential election, with no shortage of individuals hoping to seize power.
Growing up knowing about how the United States had little to no care about the poor and companies abuses of people simultaneously depriving people more and more of economic growth. The people of Louisiana needed Huey Long to fight for them against politicians who forgot the people who got them elected. Huey will always be one of the most significant political figures of Louisiana. The spot he made during his ruling period in the state is truly a benchmark, as he made better roads and better schools along with centralizing the state government improving the way things were done for the better. He was great for Louisiana, being one politician that was for the people becoming the greatest political leader Louisiana ever had.