The Crisis That Rocked The Usa Essay — страница 3

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admitted losing the support he had from Congress. He said: “I have never been a quitter, to leave office before my term is complete is abhorrent to every instinct in my body. But, as president, I must put the interest of America first. Therefore, I shall resign to presidency effective at noon tomorrow.” The next morning, Nixon addressed a tearful White House staff. He then boarded a helicopter and began his journey home to California. At noon, the Vice President, Gerald R. Ford, who had been appointed after Agnew resigned, was inaugurated. He became the thirty-seventh president of the United States, and the only to never be elected. He told the American people in his first speech; “Our long national nightmare is over.” In September of that same year, President Gerald Ford

granted Nixon a “full, free, and absolute pardon.” Undoubtedly, Nixon’s downfall was his cover-up scheme in the Watergate scandal. Prior to the scandal, Nixon was a popular president, despite his foreign policies in Vietnam. If Nixon would have been elected in 1960, how different his presidency could have been. He would have followed Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had an 8-year scandal-free administration. Instead, he followed in Lyndon B. Johnson’s steps of corruption, spying, recordings, extended illegal use of the FBI, and exploited access to TV. After a president like Johnson it would be hard to turn everything around. I am sure Nixon based his presidency from his predecessor, which ultimately led to his downfall as a president.