A few days before President Richard M. Nixon left office in disgrace, an adviser tried to cheer him. History would mark him as one of our great presidents, the aide predicted.
A gloomy Nixon could only reply, “That depends, Henry, on who writes the history.”
If you ask people what they remember about President Nixon’s time in office today, most of what he did right is forgotten. The Watergate Affair is what they are likely to mention. Nixon is the only president ever driven from office before his term ended as a result of the impeachment process.
His downfall began with a botched burglary at “The Watergate” building in Washington, D. C. It was there, on June 17, 1972, that a night watchman with a flashlight noticed something unusual. The locks on several doors, including those in the offices of the National Democratic Party were taped open. Police were called and five burglars rounded up.
SO THE STORY BEGINS...ending in the downfall of a president, two years later.