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The Richard Nixon Presidency

Based on the clues, guess these facts about Richard Nixon and his presidency.
Last updated: October 25, 2016
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His middle name
(Hint: a Simpsons character)
Milhous
His Vice Presidents
Spiro Agnew
Gerald Ford
His wife's first name
Thelma, aka "Pat"
State of birth
California
Scandal that forced him to resign
Watergate
Most well-known Secretary of State
Henry Kissinger
Name for the "thawing" of relations
with the Soviet Union
Détente
Name and number of the
first mission to land on the moon
Apollo 11
Country the U.S. invaded in 1970
Cambodia
War the U.S. stopped fighting in 1973
Vietnam War
Nickname
Tricky Dick
Hint
Answer
1972 election opponent
George McGovern
1968 election opponents
Hubert Humphrey
George Wallace
1960 election opponent
John F. Kennedy
His religious denomination
Quaker
Nixon's political base
The Silent Majority
Family dog and name
of his famous 1952 speech
Checkers
 
 
Fill the blanks in these quotes
Only Nixon could go to China
I'm not a crook
You don't have Nixon to kick around any more
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level 70
Jul 17, 2013
His wife's first name was Thelma; Pat was a nickname.
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level 75
Jul 20, 2013
I was doing very well on most of these presidential quizzes, but this one I failed on pretty badly. Funny 80% got Milhous here while only 54% got it on my Presidential Middle Names quiz. I guess at least a quarter of the population knows more about The Simpsons than they do about presidential history.
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level 55
May 20, 2014
I did pretty badly, too, but I can see why. All of this stuff happened before I was born, yet too recently to be in any textbook in any of my classes. Not that we would have learned about it if it was; I don't remember being taught any history beyond 1865.
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level 75
Mar 26, 2015
When I took Civics in 8th grade and Government in 11th grade, recent US history was discussed a lot. In US History in 10th grade I distinctly remember going over the Civil Rights movement, the space race, and even the fall of the Berlin wall and cold war which had just happened a short while before. Did you guys not make it to the end of your text book? You really didn't talk about anything more recent than the Civil War? No World War 1? World War 2? Roosevelt and trust busting? Prohibition? Vietnam? Korea? Brown v Board of Education? Women's Lib? That seems incredibly odd to me. But sometimes comments from other Americans on this site make it seem like I received a much fuller education than some. For a while Fairfax County was the rated the #1 school district in the country. We always joked about it but maybe this was actually deserved.
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level 75
Mar 26, 2015
I also remember learning about Watergate and the resignation of Richard Nixon. Though I don't believe his dog's name ever came up.
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level 69
Oct 24, 2016
The dog was from a 1952 speech.
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level 49
Oct 24, 2016
I was a child of the 1980s, graduated 1994. I have no memory of learning about Nixon. I feel like we stopped at WW2. Barely that. Never mentioned Vietnam, Nixon,Ronald Reagan or anything. I had to teach myself the rest and I have. My daughter is in 6th grade and it's really scary what they don't teach any more and she's an all A and B student. She doesnt know the States or capitols, how to write in cursive at all, and forget about history. On the other hand she can speak Spanish really well IMHO, she has great reading comprehension and her computer skills are top notch. Her school gives every student a laptop/tablet. But my point is, A lot of teaching is missing in our schools.
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level 67
Oct 24, 2016
I think a lot of schools wait a long time to buy new history textbooks. I just graduated high school this year and my 11th grade history book stopped at 9/11.
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level 75
Oct 25, 2016
If you're in 11th grade and your "history" text covers things that happened in your life time (less than 17 years ago), I'd call that pretty comprehensive. I also don't see any reason to lament not knowing cursive (learned that in 3rd grade myself); states and state capitals seems more significant to me (learned those in 4th and/or 5th grade, I think).
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level 75
Jun 11, 2015
Even though I was a child during his presidency, I still managed to get 20/22. Surprisingly, the ones I missed were from later in his career - I got the ones about his (unsuccessful) campaign against JFK, and the famous "Checkers" speech.
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level 75
Oct 25, 2013
100% with 3;01 left. Nixon was first president I voted for so easy to recall all the answers.
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level 70
May 12, 2014
Concur with Baltimorean. Wife's first name is NOT Pat, but Thelma.
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level 38
Feb 24, 2018
In the seven years of his presidency, not once did I hear his wife referred to as "Thelma". She was known as Pat, and I'm sure that if she preferred her "first" name, that would have been made known.
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level 34
Jun 28, 2014
I got 100!
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level 77
Jul 15, 2014
A Quaker, huh?
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level 77
Oct 24, 2016
Still missed that one, and the dog.
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level 71
Feb 4, 2015
If the answer's "Apollo 11", the question is "The first mission to land men on the moon". There were several earlier moon landings (the Luna, Surveyor and Voyager missions) which were all unmanned.
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level 75
Jun 17, 2015
V-ger!
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level 77
Oct 24, 2016
Haha!
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level 67
Oct 24, 2016
Contrary to the front page comment, Nixon still looks pretty awful in hindsight.
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level 59
Oct 24, 2016
Yes.
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level 67
Oct 24, 2016
Can you change the question on first mission to land on the moon, to mention that you want the number as well. I tried Apollo and gave up when it didn't accept it. Help idiots like me out a little. Lol
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level ∞
Oct 25, 2016
Changed the hint
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level 63
Oct 24, 2016
Funny how Trump signs also have the phrase "The silent majority".
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level 65
Oct 24, 2016
Why is it "funny"? That phrase has been associated to some degree or another with every republican presidential candidate since Nixon.
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level ∞
Oct 25, 2016
I'd say it was actually true with Nixon though. The hippies got all the press, but Nixon's base of conservative support was huge. One remarkable statistic is that, in 1969, only 4% of Americans had ever used marijuana.
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level ∞
Oct 25, 2016
And of course Trump's silent majority is neither silent nor a majority.
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level 51
Oct 24, 2016
One of my favorite presidents. Its too bad he was so paranoid he did Watergate on his way to the 4th largest electoral landslide in a 20th century presidential race.
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level 49
Oct 25, 2016
I think of him as a shoulda/coulda president. What he did with relations in China and the Middle East was strong.
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level 38
Nov 25, 2016
Nixon's main flaw was his crippling sense of inferiority. He never felt that he could equal the "big boys", though I believe that he surpassed many intellectually. As a youngster I liked Kennedy because my Mom did (Bobby, was too young to remember John) but as an adult, I can appreciate Nixon's greater substance. In many ways he was a great president. It just goes to show how destructive it can be to not vanquish the feelings of inferiority.
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level 32
Apr 3, 2017
I think that Richard Nixon was a fine President, especially when you look at the scandals of many others. I've come to believe that Nixon's only real sin was getting caught...
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level 61
May 9, 2018
I highly recommend visiting the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California. Just a short drive from Los Angeles, Disneyland, etc., so if you're in that area, check it out. It can be well seen in 2-3 hours, although you can certainly spend more time. I found its handling of all the events of Nixon's presidency to be fairly even-handed. Regardless of one's politics, he was a fascinating man.
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level 65
Oct 25, 2016
Oh Milhous... I tried Homer, Ned, Apu, Clancy, Duffman, and was even tempted to try Bumblebeeman. I so wish it was that instead.
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level 55
Apr 21, 2017
Thelma Catherina Patricia Ryan Nixon
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level 48
Aug 2, 2018
Aced it. Yet I'm terrible on all other American topics!
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level 84
Aug 26, 2018
On his middle name I tried Krusty the Clown