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Nixon And Clinton Essay

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The American Presidency has been riddled with scandal since its creation back in the eighteen-hundreds. The men that have held the highest office in the country have each had their own ups and downs, victories and defeats, moments of shame and pride. Modern Presidents are no exception to the repetition of history; both Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton’s Presidency have been threatened by scandal. Richard Nixon’s career was destroyed by several scandals but the infamous Watergate Scandal was the apex of it all and Clinton’s career was debilitated by his extra marital affairs and dishonesty. While both Clinton and Nixon were the only modern Presidents to face impeachment, Clinton was the only one of the two whose career survived.
Richard Nixon was a very unique personality; he was very different from his predecessor Lynden B. Johnson. Prior to running for the presidential office Nixon was a Congressman, senator, and former Vice President Nixon lost his first bid for the White House to John F. Kennedy. However, Nixon succeeded in his second attempt at the oval office in the 1968 elections when he defeated Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace. Nixon was elected during a time of continuous social change for the United States of America. More than ever the American people needed to find stability and trust from the President of the United States. Inevitably the public discovered they would not find that in Nixon.
By the time Nixon obtained the presidential office his career was no stranger to scandal. As the Vice President under Eisenhower, Nixon was accused of accepting 18,000 dollars from his supporters and using it for personal uses instead of what it was intended for. Nixon gave a speech to address the claims in 1952, the speech became vastly known as the Checkers speech. During the speech Nixon denied the accusations “And to answer those questions let me say this: not a cent of the $18,000 or any other money of that type ever went to me for my personal use” –Nixon. Nixon went on to explain how accepting money for personal usage would be morally wrong. This scandal is significant because it...

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