Home of the presidents!

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Flag of United States  , Washington, D.C.
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ah, Washington D.C. I know, I know. What a predictable place to stop, right? We didn’t just come here to stare at the White House, though. We will be making a stop there, but we are here mainly to focus on the Watergate Scandal that ended Nixon’s presidency. We will also be checking out the place where Reagan got shot. D.C. has more to offer than the presidential house! It will be nice to stay for more than one day here! All that driving was starting to get on my nerves! I’m so glad the rest of our trip will be on plane!

Day One
What happened?
We are standing outside of the Watergate Office Complex. It is hard to imagine that something so major it ended a presidency could have happened here when you are looking at the very plain exterior of this building. I can picture hundreds of large, grey buildings with tons of windows. However, this location was so important during Reagan’s presidency because it was the Democratic headquarters. Nixon and several of his associates hired men to rob and wiretap the Democratic headquarters there. Money paid to the men they hired was later traced back to the fund to re elect Nixon by the police. When the police asked to see the recording Nixon kept of all the conversations held in the White House Nixon refused. This raised many questions and the public was soon calling for Nixon to be impeached. This caused Nixon to resign his presidency on August 8th, 1974.
 
What advice can I give based on this location?
I would tell current presidential candidates not to plot against other candidates! No matter how much power the president has they still have to follow the laws! I would tell voters to make sure they elect someone they think can handle the pressure of being president without letting the power go to their heads.


 Video on Watergate Scandal:
http://www.history.com/topics/watergate/videos#watergate-scandal-brings-down-richar-nixon


Day Two
What happened?
We are standing outside of the Washington Hilton Hotel where Ronald Reagan was shot on March 30, 1981. Six shots went off and several others were hit, but no one died. Reagan was hit in the chest and immediately rushed to the nearest hospital. It’s too bad we can’t afford to stay here! This place is beautiful!
 
What advice can I give based on this location?
I would tell today’s candidates to make sure that they are always aware of their surroundings and what their enemies might be doing.

Written by Jessica Caldwell
 
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