Transcript of Nixon and Vietnam Presentation
Vietnam War Why did Nixon's speech enrage protesters? How did Nixon’s actions impact the relationship between the American people and the president? Political Career of JOHN MCCAIN after the Vietnam War Al Gore was assigned as a reporter covering the war in Vietnam. When he got to his site, Gore's superiors requested that he cover only highly secured areas of military operations. He was a good reporter and didn't always stay within this rule. During his campaign for presidential nomination in 1988, Gore gave brochures that had a picture of him with a rifle. This gave a false impression that he had actually served in firefights during the war. He continued to defend himself and the picture after it was issued. Protesters didn't care for Nixon's speech because it involved continuing war. Nixon's promise of Vietnamization called for reduction of American troops. However it didn't end the war, unlike he promised in his campaign, and protesters were furious. Nixon got a ton of support from his American followers, and the speech not only affected the war, but it promoted the Republican Party. However, despite Nixon's supporters, there were those who didn't agree with his actions. They voiced their opinions through letters and other demonstrations. The public lost their faith in government and its leaders after Vietnam War. Everyone had a degree of suspicion and distrust towards authority after the war. After the war, Americans "neither respected or trusted public institutions" After spending 5 and a half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, John McCain has had quite the story to tell. Now after Vietnam, he plans to remain in the Navy. This shocking occurrence of events has left people baffled, but McCain hopes that even if he isn't able to return to the Navy that he could still serve the government. He believes that serving his country is one of the important things in life. Political Career of AL GORE after the Vietnam War http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/content/nixon-silentmajority-speech.html http://www.nixonlibrary.gov/forkids/speechesforkids/silentmajority.php This is an image of Nixon surrounded by telegrams from his supporters. How is public perception of government affected by events of the Vietnam War? - http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/postwar.htm http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2008/01/28/john-mccain-prisoner-of-war-a-first-person-account? http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/gorevietnam.asp Unlike Al Gore, John Kerry actually performed in combat in the Vietnam War. He was wounded 3 times and the third time, he was entitled to reassignment. This way he was allowed to be away from combat. In 1969 he was assigned to be a personal aide to an officer. In 1970, he was then promoted to full Lieutenant temporarily. He then requested an early discharge to run for congress. Political Career of JOHN KERRY after the Vietnam War http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kerry#Return_from_Vietnam Bibliography Al Gore in Vietnam. (2006). Retrieved from Snopes.com: http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/gorevietnam.aspFull transcript
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