The Watergate Conspiracy

The story of the Watergate political break-in. And the devastating result that led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974. And beyond.

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8. Political Games-Part Seven

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Quote: "Watergate was unique because it allowed the public to play its democratic role in expressing its outrage at the Presidency. And...as a result...for the first time in history...a President resigned", unquote-Samuel Dash,-(b?-).

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The events of 1972 was tumultuous. Faith in the American Presidency was soured; faith in the electoral process was stained by a cancer that was gripping America. President Richard Milhous Nixon sat on his chair in the Oval Office. He was thinking of China and foreign policies which consumed his thoughts. Watergate wasn't on his mind. The media were swirling; the media were fascinated by the Watergate burglars. It was like out of a bad crime b-movie, but it was real. When they were wire-tapping the DNC complex, African-American Security Guard Frank Willis, (February 4, 1948 – September 27, 2000), was working the night shift when he saw wires and duct tape dropping downward on the doors. He called the police. "There's been a break-in at the Democratic National Complex Headquarters. Please hurry!", he said. Willis grew up in Savannah, Georgia. By 1960, aged eleven, he left school. He worked in machinery in Battle Creek, Michigan; he worked for Ford in Detroit, where the American car industry thrived over five decades ago. After battling asthma, he got a job at the Watergate Hotel where he would be famous as his part in the Watergate political story. Willis saw the majestic looking Pontomac River. Back in the 1970's, (in the pre-9/11 world), America wasn't used to acts of terror unlike 'The Troubles', in the United Kingdom; America was a country that hadn't come to its own trouble that concerned the growing Civil Rights Movement, (that was birthed since the middle to late 1940's, 1950's, and 1960's); America would battle their own demons before and ​after the Watergate incident. Frank Willis was only twenty-four when fame came to him by accident. But his role in the break-in, was an important factor. Willis grabbed a telephone, and said: "I want to speak to the Second Precinct police. It's an emergency". And, minutes' later, as a lot of police men surrounded the Complex, none of them wouldn't have known about that the burglary was ordered by President Richard Milhous Nixon. And, in the end, the beginning of the Watergate Conspiracy, had had begun.

 

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