September 23rd Checkers Day/ Dogs in Politics Day

In 1952 Richard Nixon, then candidate for Vice President, was accused of taking a bribe… it was a dog given to his daughters. The dog’s name was Checkers and it was valued at a thousand dollars. (Some expensive dog for 1952!) Nixon, instead of fighting the accusations by the democrats, went to the public giving a speech about the dog and his children, on September 23rd, 1952. It is considered one of the best speeches ever given and Nixon kept the dog and won over the American people as well. Was it a bribe? Who knows, who cares? It was a dog and children, both who loved each other.

How to celebrate – Read about politics in 1952. Learn about Checkers the dog. Who is your “dog” in the race?

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