In the world of 1972, the passing of powers was taking place. The nation roared with excitement, Richard B. Nixon would be occupying the Oval Office for the betterment of America, but was it truly? Soon he will be known as a true icon for the mockery of government, and will be the first and only president to resign from office.
Nixon would display his hunger for power even when he was still in high school when he lost to a more popular student. Ever since, he had tried to redeem this. In his youth he enlisted in the US Navy Seals, and even without seeing combat he rose to the high ranks of lieutenant commander. After this, he began his endeavor into politics. Nixon would learn a lot of the ins and outs of government when he schemingly set up a friendship with Dwight Eisenhower to convince him in being his Vice. Nixon ran for president in 1960 but lost to charismatic Massachusetts senator John F. Kennedy. Undeterred and determined to win, Nixon returned to the race eight years later and won the White House by a solid margin.
His relations with other nations were scarce, but greatly effected relations. One of his most notable interactions was being the first President to visit the People’s Republic of China, where he issued the Shanghai Communiquè, announcing a desire for open, normalized relations. He desired a secondhand control of the nation, and secretly devised a plan to take over the large nation. Another incredibly large nation he targeted was the Soviet Union. Nixon signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, helping to calm U.S.- Soviet tensions by curtailing the threat of nuclear weapons between the two. Other "peaceful" agreements were eliminating the Soviets from the Middle East, and avoiding a second Cuban Missle Crisis.
Foreign relations Nixon had during his time as President. Diplomats in foreign countries were aware of his danger and many tried to avoid any dealings with the U.S President.
Nixon was determined in his power to put his enemies away, and he knew exactly how to do so. Before being elected President he had composited a list that would be known as "Nixon's Enemies List", which would later become public knowledge. His most famous enemy would be the alleged Communist, Alger Hiss. Alger Hiss was a State Department official and Nixon was set on exposing him by framing him through master manipulation. Nixon was in the House of Un-American Activities Committee, and had the ability to manipulate the jury, court, and judge in his favor. He was able to produce forged documents through his ability to control the minds of his peers. Alger Hiss would deny the charge, but was ultimately incarcerated and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. After this case, many politicians and officials who knew Alger Hiss as a colleague or aquataince would nickname Nixon as Mr. Sick Nix. This name would stick throughout the House and Congress to those who opposed him, and soon the nation.
Alger Hiss, archenemy of soon to be President, Richard Nixon.
When Nixon was first elected President, he was praised for his support in equal rights, especially for females when he authorized to create an all female assault team "Femme Force" with Betty Friedan as its first leader. This team was created for women who strongly supported the Equal Rights Ammendment, and Nixon openly gave support to them. He knew how to get the public to see him as a good man. In doing so, any suspicion of his actions could be easily overlooked. This would not continue forever, and his ultimate downfall would be a security guard by the name Frank Wills, a man Richard Nixon overlooked. Wills never came in contact with the President to be affected by his manipulation, resulting in the discovery of the truth about the Watergate Scandal when he alerted police to a possible break-in at Watergate. Nixon was losing his power, his greatest weakness, honesty and truth, was about to overwhelm him and consume him. If he faced impeachment, his being would crumble, and his exterior would change drastically. On August 8, 1974 his reign would end and he would resign from Office, providing the nation with a statement from the Oval Office where he would proclaim his famous statement, "I am not a crook". After his resignation, the dark cloud over the White House finally disappeared, and congressmen felt weight being relieved. Everyone except Nixon's Vice, Gerald Ford. Richard Nixon made sure that after his resignation he would never be imprisoned for his actions, he was above the law, he was still powerful. Gerald Ford granted Nixon a pardon from any criminal charges. Tapes would come out, and he was ultimately exposed as an American tragedy, and Richard B. Nixon, now more commonly referred to as Mr. Sick Nix, would never seen by the public eye ever again.