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Richard M. Nixon

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Nixon as he appears in Watchmen

Richard Milhous Nixon (1913-1994), 37th President of the United States. Nixon was in Dallas, Texas earlier on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. It is implied that The Comedian, who was minding Nixon that day, committed the crime. Elected President in 1968, Nixon asks Dr. Manhattan to intervene in Vietnam, thereby ensuring a U.S. victory in the war.

With the repeal of the 22nd Amendment and the suspicious murders of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein (also thought to have been committed by The Comedian), who would otherwise have exposed the Watergate Scandal, Nixon is reelected repeatedly, and still serves as President in 1985.

After the disaster, serious new candidates for the Presidency are mentioned (Robert Redford in the novel, Ronald Reagan in the film), which may suggest that Nixon will not run for a sixth term.

Nixon is advised by Dr. Henry Kissinger. Gerald R. Ford, actually his Vice President from 1973-1974, still holds the office in 1985.

37th President of the United States
Preceded by
Lyndon B. Johnson
Richard M. Nixon
January 20, 1969 - 1985
Succeeded by
Robert Redford?

Film adaptation

In the film adaptation, Nixon is played by English actor Robert Wisden. In the extended cut of the film, Nixon's role is expanded from both the graphic novel and the original cut.

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