Monday, December 8, 2008

SCOOPS Political Cartoon Strip Featured Presidential Caricatures

During his Presidency (1969-1974), Richard Nixon succeeded in ending American fighting in Viet Nam and improving relations with the U.S.S.R. and China, but the Watergate scandal led to his resignation.
Gerald Ford (1974-1977) took the oath of office on August 9, 1974, declaring, " I assume the Presidency under extraordinary circumstances . . . This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts." He was the first Vice-President chosen under terms of the Twenty-first Amendment and, in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal, was succeeding the first President ever to resign.
Georgia Governor Jimmy Carter waged a 2-year campaign to represent the Democratic Party as President, and at the party's convention in 1976, he was nominated on the first ballot. However, the seizure as hostages of the U.S. embassy in Iran dominated the news during the last 14 months of his administration (1977-81). This, coupled with inflation, contributed to his defeat in 1980. Iran finally released the 52 Americans the same day Carter left office.
Prior to serving as the 40th. President of the U.S. from 1981-1989, Ronald Reagan appeared in 53 Hollywood films and served as the president of the Screen Actors' Guild and Governor of California.

In 1980 George H.W. Bush campaigned for the Republican nomination for President. He lost but was chosen as a running mate by Ronald Reagan. After 8 years as Vice-President in the Reagan White House, Bush extended his political career serving as the 41st. President from 1989-1993.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

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