Our visit there finished up our stops for the Presidential Museums in California.
- The "I am not a crook" words he uttered during Watergate, and
- The photo of utter and complete grief of him during the funeral of Pat Nixon.
I always wonder if the place we visit will be anything like my expectations or what I image it will be like...
We arrived late morning and my first thoughts were that it was in a mostly residential neighborhood where it was located. I don't recall ever being in Yorba Linda, but it was a quite different than the Reagan Library site. The Reagan Library is off the freeway up on the top of a mountain in Simi Valley.
The Nixon Library was easy to find and we started our exploring.
I really liked the replica of the East Room of the White House.
The early years were a look into a family that did better during the depression years than many folks.
He was recruited to run for Congress and was successful in 1946. He served on various committees, gaining a name for himself on the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating Alger Hiss spy case.
In 1950 he was elected to the Senate and became Eisenhower's running mate in 1952, serving eight years as Vice President.
In 1969, Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey and third-party candidate George Wallace and became our 37th president.
Some of his legacy apart from Watergate included:
- Opening China, becoming the first president to visit there
- Ending the Viet Nam War directing negotiations by Henry Kissinger in Paris
- SALT I talks and the Anti-Ballistic Missile agreement with Brezhnev and the Soviet Union
- Restarting the stalled Middle-East peace talks
Appropriately, this museum gave extensive space to Watergate coverup and trial.
The museum also gave a broader background and foundation to the full life of Richard M. Nixon. Especially after he resigned. He wrote nine books and took a number of diplomatic trips overseas. In 1977, he granted a series of 90 minute interviews with David Frost which began re-entry into public life.
That's all for this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles. Thanks for joining us! Until next time...