Dubbed “the worst president” by many, how the heck did Nixon end up carrying 49 of the 50 states winning 60.7% of the popular vote (the largest victory margin in election history) in the 1972 election?
1. You couldn’t get this song out of your head.
Say what you want about Nixon, but you can’t say that this song isn’t catchy. Plus look how many happy people there are, the guy must have been doing something right. Extra kudos to whomever recognizes the other historic leader in this video (Mao Ze-Dong).
2. He knew how to play his cards right.
Literally! Nixon served in the Navy during World War II, and won between $6,000 and $7,000 playing poker while stationed in the South Pacific. He used his winnings to fund his first major political campaign four years later. Now that’s American!
3. He was good at making friends.
Above is an image of President Nixon and Chairman Mao ZeDong from Nixon’s historic February 1972 visit to China. After decades of not formally recognizing The People’s Republic of China, the trip marked the opening of relations between the two powerful countries. Many Americans were able to see images of Mainland China for the first time as the trip was heavily covered by television news. Nixon fittingly called the visit “the week that changed the world.”
4. He said he’d end the draft.
Which he did in 1973. Phewf!
5. His opponent would take our toys away!
Imagine that our military is made of toys. Now imagine George McGovern taking away those toys. Blasphemy!
6. He was a football fan just like us.
Nixon was even close friends with Redskins Head Coach George Allen. Rumor has it, Nixon designed one of the plays Allen called during the 1971 playoffs and, according to Allen’s own daughter, it ”failed tremendously.”
7. He knew that the best part about America is our youth.
This ad from 1968 is super groovy.
8. He started the War on Cancer.
He signed into law the National Cancer Act of 1971. The bill critically strengthened the National Cancer Institute and is largely seen as the beginning of the US’s War on Cancer! Thanks Nixon.
9. He knew how to throw some awesome peace signs.
Who doesn’t love peace signs?