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Richard Nixon Presidential Performance Report Card

by: Kayla Schweikhard, Alex Richard, Rachel Foister, and Andrew Reader

Andrew Reader

on 2 October 2012

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Transcript of Richard Nixon Presidential Performance Report Card

President Richard Nixon Presidential Performance Report Card Head of State Passed a lot of legislation regarding Drug Abuse and Crime.
Most of this legislation was unsuccessful
Favored confrontation rather than compromise.
Supported the enhancement of the power of the Presidency.
Government was divided Chief Legislator Commander-in-Chief Chief Executive Guardian of the Economy "Checker's Speech" created a larger coalition for the Republican party.
He appealed to the people by portraying himself as a "figure of stability".
He promised the public more racial desegregation
During the 1970 mid-term elections Nixon lost twelve House seats but gained two Senate seats. Chief of Party Chief Diplomat History of Nixon Chief Legislator: C-
Chief of Party: D REPORT CARD Chief Legislator: C-
President Nixon was focused more on the power of the Presidency than of the needs of the people. He did make proposals for improvement but none were effective. Chief of Party: D
Nixon made faulty promises to the people. He did create a larger coalition for his party. Nixon was focused more on gaining more power for the presidency than helping his party. Attempted to settle Vietnam War on favorable terms
Kept much hidden from the American public
Bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail and a worldwide nuclear alert
Largest round of antiwar protests in American history after temporary invasion of Cambodia
Vietnamization strategy did not work
Slow to withdraw troops from Vietnam. Planned to finish by 1971
Paris Peace Accords signed Jan 23, 1973 Improved relations with China
-Recognized as the People's Republic of China
-1971 American tennis team invited
-Feb 1972 visited Beijing (first president)
Better relationship with the Soviet Union
-Invited to meet with Soviet premier
-Visited Moscow May 1972
-Many agreements signed that eased the Cold War
Attempted to use China, the Soviet Union, and North Vietnam against each other as pressure August 1968: 3.5% unemployment
Inflation Rates:
-1965: 1.59%
-1970: 5.84%
Recession in 1970 hurt republicans in Congressional Election
Economic Stabilization Act of 1970
1972: +2.8 million jobs
Keynesian economic policy
Term ended August, 1974. inflation began to increase that year to 11.03% Any Questions? Any Questions? Commander-in-Chief: C
Although Nixon eventually ended U.S. ground forces in the Vietnam War, it wasn't until 1973. His Vietnamization strategy failed and he secretly extended the war into Cambodia. Chief Diplomat: A
Nixon improved relations with China and the Soviet Union. He was the first president to visit China. Nixon signed many agreements that eased Cold War tensions. Attended Whittier College and Duke University Law School before beginning his practice in law

Served as a Navy lieutenant commander in the Pacific during WWII

Won first Senate seat in 1950 in California

Served as Vice President to Dwight Eisenhower

Elected in 1968, 37th President of the United States Andrew Reader Rachel Foister Kayla Schweikhard Alex Richard Andrew Reader Rachel Foister Alex Richard Kayla Schweikhard Style: "keeping to his own council"
346 executive orders issued
Every Cabinet position was different from the beginning of his term and the end of his term (with the exception of Postmaster General, William M. Blout
White House Staff: hierarchical
Elliot L. Richardson
Henry A. Kessinger
H.R. Haldeman Guardian of the economy: B+
Nixon's economic policies brought the country out of a recession and decreased unemployment rates, but his policies were relatively temporary. Chief Executive: D
President Nixon did not trust many people and removed many cabinet members and did not maintain a good relationship with the Senate, but he passed many executive orders that were effective Style: During "Checkers" speech, played on ethos and pathos, and was engaging

Usually didn't come across well to the public

Had controversial responses such as Kent State Massacre reply. Public outrage to his statement "They had it coming."

Disliked press conferences, total of 30 during his Presidency

Public viewed him as a loner

Water Gate Scandal caused public appeal to decrease greatly and caused to question the trustworthiness of the government

Most famous speech: Checkers Speech Head of State: D-
Generally low public approval rating during term, and Watergate Scandal caused many trust issues between the people and their government. Only semi-successful speech was the Checkers Speech, and did not typically connect well with the public.
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