“I Am Not A Crook”


[Nixon hanging between the tapes], May 24, 1974 Reproduction of original drawing. Published in the Washington Post (79)
[Nixon hanging between the tapes], May 24, 1974 Reproduction of original drawing. Published in the Washington Post (79)
It all began with a burglary at the Democratic National Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel. Little did the American people know that this event would unravel one of the greatest political schemes of all time. Many political cartoonists used this scandal to their advantage as President Richard Nixon’s reputation deteriorated. This cartoon, originally printed in the Washington Post, portrays a smug-looking Nixon hanging from the tapes that mysteriously had many key parts destroyed, let alone the fact that Nixon argued that he was required to release the tapes, implying guilt. Before the Watergate scandal, the American people had not had a reason to be untrusting of their government. After, Americans were exposed to the conniving world of politics. The burglary occurred in 1972, while this political cartoon was released during the heat of the trial in 1974. While Americans felt betrayed, the cartoonist at the Washington Post makes light of the situation and makes Richard Nixon look like a fool. Nixon remained indignant that he was not a crook, but the split tapes put together a sentence that acknowledge the corruption that was undoubtedly happening.



4 thoughts on ““I Am Not A Crook””

  1. The image of Nixon dangling attempting to hold on is a pointed reminder that people of power will hold onto the power as long as they can. It took the weight of the entire American public opinion and Justice department to send Nixon out the door. One should vote not necessarily along party lines but for the most trustworthy individual, someone who will not be corrupted by the power.

  2. Yup. It just goes to show that when people have power and keep gaining it, they want more and more and more. Hunger for power is a strong layer of greed that may blind us humans from our own morality. Nixon betrayed Americans and we lost our trust in the late President. This is EXTREMELY significant, because yes, going off the original post, it was one of the worst betrayals in American history by the government and Americans may have changed their minds about their investment of trust in the Gov’t.

  3. I love how this image shows Nixon holding a piece of film in his mouth and the other two pieces in his hands. This image really tries to show Nixon being caught in the act of tampering with the film and cutting and pasting pieces together. As well, the fact that he is shaking conveys the idea that he truly is guilty. All in all, this is one of my personal favorite political cartoons from the Watergate Scandal.

  4. Definitely a very important time in American history. Up until Watergate, the press had a very trusting relationship with the president and government. For example, always covering for JFK. But after Nixon betrayed their trust with the Watergate cover-up, the press and public were outraged. The media began to take their anger out and political cartoons became a persuasive and solid option.

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