Category Archives: 1950s

Nixon delivers ‘Checkers speech,’ saves political career 60 years ago this hour (1952)


Video: Sept. 23, 1952

(Tuesday, September 23, 1952, 9:30 p.m. EDT, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — Sen. Richard Nixon salvaged his vice-presidential nomination by appearing live on television tonight to refute allegations of improper campaign fundraising, defending his acceptance of more than $18,000 of secret — though legal — funds from political donors. Continue reading

Nixon to Eisenhower: ‘Shit or get off the pot’ 60 years ago this hour (1952)


Video: Sept. 21, 1952 (at 4:30)

(Sunday, September 21, 1952, 10:00 p.m. PDT, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — During a telephone call, GOP vice presidential nominee Richard Nixon, who had decided to make a television/radio broadcast to defend himself against charges he had improperly kept a “secret” fund, asked GOP presidential nominee Dwight D. Eisenhower if the general would be able to make a decision on Nixon’s fate immediately after the broadcast.

When Eisenhower hesitated, Nixon angrily burst out: “General, there comes a time in matters like this when you’ve either got to shit or get off the pot.”

Eisenhower replied that it might take three or four days to gauge public reaction.

Nixon denies ‘secret’ fund was illegal or unethical 60 years ago tonight (1952)


Video: Sept. 20, 1952 (at 3:08)

(Saturday, September 20, 1952, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — Two days after the New York Post reported a “secret” campaign fund for Richard Nixon, the GOP vice presidential nominee told supporters in Portland, Oregon, that it was a lie that he took the money for his personal use and he denied that it was illegal and unethical as charged.

New York Post reveals ‘Secret Nixon Fund’ 60 years ago today (1952)


Video: Sept. 18, 1952 (at 2:58)

(Thursday, September 18, 1952, during the 1952 U.S. presidential campaign) — The New York Post today ran the front-page headline: “Secret Nixon Fund,” with a detailed story charging that wealthy Californians had given $18,235 to a secret campaign fund for GOP vice presidential nominee Richard Nixon in return for political favors.

While the “secret fund” was perfectly legal, the story left the impression that Nixon was on the take; being paid to do the bidding of special interests.