History Tip of the Day – November 29th

“You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, November 7,” 1962

Richard Nixon has just lost an election for governor of California, an election he assumed he would win easily. The governorship was meant to be a job that would keep Nixon in the public eye until he could run again for president. Now Nixon faces the harsh reality that he is finished. He looks at the reporters assembled before him. The forty-nine-year-old Nixon believes the media to be his enemy. “I will leave you gentlemen now,” Nixon says. “You won’t have Nixon to kick around anymore, because, gentlemen, this is my last press conference.” Fifty-nine seconds. That’s all it takes.