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Nixon's Checkers speech
« on: July 29, 2018, 03:18:16 pm »
Video below: If one ever wonders why it is called the Checkers speech, some here may not know:

September, 1952:

    One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don't they'll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something—a gift—after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was?

    It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he'd sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl—Tricia, the 6-year-old—named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it.[47]

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Nixon's famous book:

The "Six Crisis": 

Alger Hiss case

Fund crisis and Checkers speech

Eisenhower's heart attack

Attack by a mob in Venezuela

Kitchen debate in Moscow

Loss in 1960 presidential campaign


And per the Checkers speech, see he interjected a bit of humor in a serious situation and it seemed to work.