Richard Nixon

(1913–1994)

Richard Nixon

Anecdote...

On October 28, 1970, the presidential motorcade through St. Petersburg, Florida, came to an abrupt halt when the policeman at the head of the procession was hit by a truck. Nixon rushed to the scene and offered his sympathies to the injured policeman, Don Leadbeter. By way of reply, Leadbeter apologized for holding up the motorcade. There was an awkward silence as the president searched for something else to say. He finally blurted out, “Do you like the work?”

Biographical Note: 

Richard Milhous Nixon was a U.S. politician and the 37th president of the United States (1969-74). Elected to Congress in 1946, he was vice president under Eisenhower from 1953 to 1961. Defeated in the presidential election of 1960 and in the 1962 contest for governor of California, Nixon staged a political comeback in the mid-1960s. As president he established diplomatic relations between the U.S. and China and in 1973 ended U.S. military participation in the Vietnam conflict. However, the nation was shocked when it became plain that Nixon, despite his strenuous denials, was involved in the coverup of the notorious break-in at Democratic headquarters in the Watergate apartment complex. He was forced to resign under threat of impeachment. His successor, Gerald Ford, at once granted him a free pardon.