Source:Townhall– Longtime White House correspondent Helen Thomas with President Richard Nixon. I don’t know who the other man is.
“Shortly before Richard Nixon was going to formally announce that he would be running again for president in 1968, Pat Buchanan and Rose Mary Woods, two of his closest aides, presented him with an idea.
“Given the multiple crises confronting the nation — race conflict, soaring crime, inflation, the war in Vietnam, the mounting Soviet missile threat — and the difficulty of dealing with them all at once,” Buchanan writes in his new book “The Greatest Comeback,” “we suggested that Nixon in a single declaration destroy the image of him as a consummate politician and tell the nation ‘that the next president should be a one-term president.'”
Nixon dismissed the idea of term-limiting himself. He did not want, as Buchanan relates it, to be “a lame duck from his inaugural.”
“In retrospect, Nixon was right,” says Buchanan. “Yet when one looks at what he accomplished in his first term and what became of his second, he would today be listed, like Polk, who sought and served but a single term, among the near-great presidents.”
When it comes to Richard Nixon’s political career at least pre-White House, I’m mostly interested in his career from 1961 after he just left the Vice Presidency after losing the 1960 presidential election to Senator Jack Kennedy, up until January of 1969 when he’s sworn as the 37th President of the United States. Because during this period Dick Nixon is completely out of public office either as a politician or as a public official in any office for the first time since January, 1947 when he gets sworn in as an elected U.S. Representative in the House of Representatives.
This was a very rough, but very productive time for Dick Nixon post-1962 California governor’s race debacle where he lost to California Governor Pat Brown in a major landslide. So Nixon was at a point where he didn’t know what to do with the rest of life. He got addicted to politics and public office his six years in Congress (both in the House and Senate) and was a very hardworking and productive Vice President for President Dwight Eisenhower. And which Jack Kennedy still President going into 1963 it looked like JFK would get elected with huge Democratic majorities in Congress once again in 1964.
So what was Dick Nixon to do as a man who loved political and public affairs and serving in government. What he did seeing that it would be at least a while before he would have another real shot at the presidency 1968 at the earliest. And that might have depended on who the Democratic nominee might be that year, he decided to make a lot of money as a corporate lawyer in New York defending and representing companies across the country and become a party man inside of the Republican Party in his spare time.
And when Mr. Nixon wasn’t doing those things he was studying current affairs inside of the United States and challenges that the country was facing and would be facing especially when it came to foreign policy and sort of did what would be called a world tour and meeting foreign leaders all over the world. So when he decided to run for public office again especially for president that he would be completely ready for it.
There was a PBS 1990 film from their American Experience series that chronicles these changes in Dick Nixon’s life. And it shows exactly how he came back and all the Congressional Republicans he helped out and backed in the 1966 mid-terms when House and Senate Republicans made big comebacks and the same thing in 1968 when they picked up a lot of seats again with Dick Nixon winning back the White House for the Republicans.