Sunday, March 22nd ~ Yorba Linda, California
Only a 25 minute drive from Disneyland, you can travel from a world of fantasy to one of honesty, deception and sometimes harsh realities.
The Richard Nixon Library is located in Yorba Linda California on the former site of the Nixon families citrus farm. Here you will find the repository of both the personal and political memorabilia that traces the life of one of our most controversial presidents
Often the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about President Nixon is the Watergate scandal that eventually led to his resignation from office on August 9th, 1974. There is an entire section devoted to the events that led up to this disgrace, the wire tapping, and the missing tapes. It was not candy coated.
But there was so much more to this man and his time in office. Come and see for yourself the exhibits that showcase his background as a lawyer, a naval officer in World War II, and then a political journey from congressman, senator, Vice President and eventually the 37th President of the United States.
When he was Vice President under Dwight Eisenhower, he traveled to Moscow where he met with Soviet Premier Khrushchev and established a trade agreement.
(Just an aside, these are life-size statues of the world leaders, I did not realize that Nikita Khrushchev was only five foot four inches tall.)
Running for President in 1960, he was defeated by JFK in the closest election in US history, losing by only 113,000 votes. His backers wanted a recount, but he declined stating that it would be too costly and detrimental to this country.
During his time as President (elected in 1968 and reelected in 1972), Nixon dealt with the war in Vietnam as well as stateside protests to that war. He took a historic trip to China and opened a dialog with one of our political adversaries.
Apollo 11 landed on the moon.
He achieved peaceful desegregation of schools in seven Southern states and established the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in 1970.
In 1971 he launched the War on Cancer, creating the National Cancer Centers.
Returning to Moscow in 1972, he signed the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty (SALT) with Soviet General Secretary Brezhnev. And in 1973 he flew to Paris for the signing of the Paris Peace Accords which ended the war in Vietnam.
During the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he supported Israel with aid which Prime Minister Golda Meir said saved her country.
After resigning his presidency in 1974, he went on to write 10 best-selling books on domestic and foreign affairs.
President Nixon died in 1994 and is buried on the property next to the home he was born in back in 1913. His wife, Pat, had died the year before and is buried beside him.
There are also displays that chronicle key social and economic accomplishments during the 20th century including the battle for civil rights, gay rights, women’s lib movement and major environmental issues and first energy crisis.
Richard Nixon was on the cover of Time Magazine more than anyone else in history – 54 times.
On the property is the original home that Richard Nixon was born in. We took a brief tour through the home that has been carefully and accurately restored.
Gardens and grounds
Also on site is Marine 1, the helicopter he used during his presidency.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful that we have the freedom to look at our government, and our leaders, warts and all. I am also thankful that despite the failings, he can also be remembered for other accomplishments.
“Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; the secret of redemption lies in remembrance.” Richard von Weizsaecker
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