According to About.com's Steve Smith, the nickname "Tricky Dick" for Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States, was a response to smear campaign he ran against Helen Douglas when both were competing for a Senate seat in 1950. He was first referred to as "Tricky Dick" in a 1950 newspaper campaign funded by a Democratic committee urging citizens to “Look at Tricky Dick Nixon’s Republican Record.”Continue Reading
Nixon, who had served on the House Un-American Activities Commission (HUAC), attempted to link Douglas to communism, even going as far as to print anti-Douglas leaflets on pink paper ("pink" being a term for Americans with loose ties to "red" Communist sentiments). In response, a committee supporting Douglas ran several full-page newspaper ads showing a cartoon Nixon baling hay labeled "Campaign Trickery" into a donkey labeled "Democrat."
Nixon served as president from 1969 to 1974. He is the only president to resign from office, which he did following his implication in the Watergate scandal. It is a common misconception that the nickname "Tricky Dick" hails from the Watergate period; it originated decades earlier. The name stayed with him throughout his political career and endures in post-presidential references to the controversial public figure.Learn more about US History
The direct effect of the Watergate scandal was the resignation of Richard Nixon as President of the United States. A number of Nixon's aides were sent to federal prison. Congress subsequently passed several laws concerning campaign financing, government ethics and freedom of information. A long-term effect was a widespread distrust by the American public in the presidency and the nation's political institutions in general.Full Answer >
President Richard Nixon was not impeached. On July 27, 1974, the House Judiciary Committee recommended the impeachment and removal from office of president for obstructing justice, abuse of power and contempt of Congress. Before the required vote, Nixon resigned, effective Aug. 9, 1974.Full Answer >
Warren G. Harding's campaign slogan was "Return to Normalcy," which led him to victory as the 29th President of the United States. He also used the slogan "Cox and Cocktails" on occasion during his campaign to showcase his opponent James Cox's views on prohibition.Full Answer >
When the President of the United States appoints someone to a position, like a Supreme Court judge, it has to go through the Senate for approval. This rule is reflected by the appointments clause in the Constitution.Full Answer >