The thirty-seventh President of the United States (1969 - 1974
), after LBJ
and before Gerald Ford
, and probably the most hated former president in recent U.S. history (only Warren Harding
, Herbert Hoover
and George W. Bush
are competition), Richard Milhous Nixon
(1913-1994) remains the standard-bearer as being the embodiment of the corrupt president. If President Corrupt
shows up in fiction, there will probably be allusions to this guy.
Nixon was raised in the Quaker faith (aka the pacifistic, egalitarian Society of Friends) and came from a very poor childhood (his father worked as a gas station attendant). Before becoming President he served as a naval commander during World War II
, a U.S. Congressman and then Senator from his home state of California
, and Vice President under Dwight D. Eisenhower
. Oh, and he had a dog named Checkers he was given as a gift that turned into a bribery scandal. Satirical portrayals of him in media initially focused on his perceived square-ishness, changing, as the Watergate scandal unraveled, to a focus on his lying and paranoia, eventually settling on sort of a general Designated Evil
Before becoming President in 1969, Nixon had served as VP and ran as the Republican presidential candidate in the 1960 election. His loss to Democrat John F. Kennedy
was due in no small part to the fact that his debate was the first one ever televised, and his haggard appearance (he had to perform after recovering from a cold) cost him votes when contrasted with the handsome and charismatic
. The story goes that Nixon refused to allow the makeup people near him * **
and that people on TV cameras without makeup look just awful; in later years, Nixon would seldom appear in public without a thick mask
of makeup. (Side note:
Nixon himself felt another reason he lost was that the Federal Reserve had tinkered with the money supply to reduce growth in the months before the election, which later led him to try to dominate his Fed Chairman William F. Burns. This just ended up making Dick even more enemies, just in time
Toward the end of the '60s, he enacted his "Southern Strategy" to win over disaffected Dixiecrats (read: segregationists, despite Nixon himself being in favor of integration) to the Republicans, which played a large part in his election to the presidency and more or less set the Grand Old Party on its current course.
Nixon is, of course, most famous for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, which ultimately led to his resignation. The Commission to Re-Elect the President (CRP, after it was worked out that the original acronym spelled CREEP
) used both illegal and morally questionable "ratfucking" methods throughout the '72 campaign to undermine competing campaigns and to dig up dirt on those perceived to be anti-Nixon. The break-in at the Democratic headquarters at The Watergate to wiretap their phones was the culmination of these efforts, but unlike previous actions, the criminals were caught in the act.
This, it must be noted, was merely the culmination
. Every president wants a second term, but Nixon, with his lifelong persecution-mania, was more obsessed with it than any of his predecessors, and he passed this obsession along to his subordinates. Throughout Nixon's first term, CREEP had been working to secure the 1972 election for Nixon by scuttling the campaign of every potential Democratic nominee except George McGovern, who was judged easiest to beat. They succeeded. You can read that story in Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America,
by Rick Perlstein.
Following the break-in, a series of investigations occurred, including the press
(above all the Washington Post
), a Congressional investigation, and an FBI investigation. The press and Congressional investigations were more important in finding new information; the FBI investigation was rightly thought of as incompetent and/or a cover up. Eventually, more and more evidence appeared connecting Watergate to personal assistants and aides of Nixon, showing they not only had knowledge of what was going on, but were deeply involved.
Things came to a head when Nixon sought to appoint L. Patrick Gray III as the permanent head of the FBI. That meant that he had to undergo Senate approval, and during the hearings he eventually made it evident that there had been a cover up regarding the break-in and, more importantly, that two presidential aides had been directly involved. This directly contradicted the White House line that the Watergate robbers had largely acted alone. He also admitted that he had destroyed evidence
, allegedly unrelated to Watergate. Unsurprisingly
, he was not confirmed as director by the Senate.
A whole mess of events unfolded after this, including the resignation of several of Nixon's aides, the Saturday Night Massacre
— in which Nixon ordered first his Attorney General and then his Deputy Attorney General to fire Special Prosecutor for Watergate Archibald Cox (both resigned rather than fire Cox)note
and sparked a constitutional crisis — and the eventual discovery of secret tapes which recorded conversations in the Oval Office, the latter of which would eventually lead to Nixon's downfall.
Nixon claimed that the tapes would absolve him of any guilt regarding the cover-up, but not only did one tape contain nothing less than a 18-½-minute gap, clearly erased, but eventually a Smoking Gun tape
was found, in which Nixon asks that 'for matters of national security
', the FBI investigation on Watergate should be halted, tacitly admitting he had committed crimes and should thus be impeached. He resigned soon after (sparing him from impeachment), all political support having evaporated after the revelation.
The funny thing is, it's very likely that Nixon could have easily won the election without the use of dirty tricks
, as he was quite a popular president and won every single state except Massachusetts
in 1972. In addition, his opponent, George McGovern, ran a very weak campaign — he was viewed by Middle America as the candidate of "amnesty, abortion and acid", and his first running mate, Thomas Eagleton, turned out to suffer from severe depression (including suicidal tendencies) that wound up getting him removed from the ticket. However, since CRP had directly affected the Democratic primaries (and not in a nice
way), it's arguable whether McGovern would have been the opponent had Nixon run things clean from the start.
The Watergate scandal gives us several of Nixon's trademarks, such as him saying "I am not a crook
" (he did
say that, but it was actually part of a larger speech and not a standalone sentence like it's usually shown), and making the V signs (ironically signifying victory) after he was forced to resign. Needless to say, this did wonders for his reputation
. Nixon was also known for getting elected on the promise that he had a strategy in mind to end The Vietnam War
— "Peace - With Honor
" — which turned out to be bombing North Vietnam until they
agreed to a peace treaty, and "Vietnamization" of the war, which meant requiring South Vietnam to provide more ground troops so Americans could leave. It didn't work out very well for South Vietnam, but did let America get out of the war. Eventually
Which leads us to the one of the good
things Nixon did — "opening up" China and the U.S.S.R. to the West. Only Nixon (or a man of his reputation) could have done this. America was still in the shadow of the Red Scare
of The Fifties
, and paranoia about communism was rampant; a liberal leader trying to open diplomatic relations this way would have been denounced as a Communist sympathizer and laughed out of town. But Nixon was well-known for being the opposite of a Communist sympathizer; he first reached national prominence by helping Joseph McCarthy perpetrate
the Red Scare
. As such, he could travel to China and the Soviet Union and still be taken seriously. Even better, he used his trip to China to fan Soviet insecurities about a Chinese-American treaty
, exploiting it into two summits with the Soviet Union which culminated in the SALT and Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaties being signed. These resulted in the first real limitations on nuclear weapons, helping scale back the Cold War.
He also called for comprehensive health insurance, and supported affirmative action, social security, signed OSHA into law
, started up the Environmental Protection Agency
, raised education and social spending above defense spending for the first time since the Cold War started (yes, even Johnson's Great Society still dumped more money into the military), started the Drug Enforcement Administration, declared the War on Drugs
and desegregated more schools than any previous president
(though he later downplayed his stance on civil rights to score political points) … In short, Nixon (alongside LBJ) managed to expand the role and size of government more than any other president since FDR
. It's not for nothing that Noam Chomsky called Nixon "in many respects the last liberal president." People who remember these things tend to think of them as bad things
. People who'd like to remember him fondly also like to gloss over
these accomplishments. At this point, it is worth stating that Ted Kennedy once said that the worst mistake of his political career was rejecting Nixon's offer of universal health care in return for Democratic support. As it turns out, the plan Nixon had proposed was significantly more liberal than what a future Democratic president
finally managed to pass nearly 40 years later, and Kennedy didn't live to see even that much.
After his resignation, Nixon was followed by his second vice president (after Spiro Agnew resigned), Gerald Ford
. That president gave his predecessor a full pardon, to the frustration of much of the American public who had to be satisfied with interviewer David Frost worming a partial confession out of Nixon in a series of exclusive TV interviews in 1977. This act remains tremendously controversial to this day, with many historians often arguing that it was necessary to move on from the crisis but others arguing that it led to an increased willingness of future Presidents to break the law.
Nixon spent the rest of his years with speaking engagements, writing books, and traveling around the world to meet foreign leaders. He gained some respect as an elder statesman
, and gave Ronald Reagan
advice on the Soviet Union. He died after suffering a stroke in 1994.
Nixon has long been a subject of particular interest for presidential historians, and serves as the canonical example of a deeply conflicted leader who "could be considered both
a failure and
great or near great" (Alan Brinkley). Thanks to his particular brand of paranoid neuroses (his tapes include lengthy rants about people — mainly part of the 'liberal east-coast establishment' — plotting against him), he's also been quite the fertile figure of study for psychologists.
Other tropes Nixon has given us are:
- Richard Nixon the Used Car Salesman
- The phrase, "Follow the money", supposedly said by the anonymous Deep Throat phone tipster, the source who leaked information about the Watergate Scandal to reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. In 2005, it was revealed to be William Mark Felt, Sr. after he said he was and Woodward and Bernstein confirmed the story.
- Jerk Ass Woobie: He is often portrayed this way in film, most notably Nixon and Frost/Nixon, and even in many documentaries and other non-fiction works.
- "Expletive deleted" — due to its sheer rate of appearance in transcripts of the Watergate tapes. Nixon was quite foul-mouthed in private, but the censorship makes it seem worse than it was. "God-damned" makes up the bulk of his swearing, though with the bleeps in, it makes it sounds like he's dropping f-bombs left and right.
- Although he did use the phrase "son of a bitch" as a verb more than once. That's right, "son of a bitching."
- And, of course, the Nixon Mask.
- Milhouse in The Simpsons is named after Nixon's middle name. Made more obvious in early episodes, when he would be introduced after Bart's now-forgotten friend, Richard.
- Inherently Funny Words — Come on, the man's nickname is "Tricky Dick"!
- A political button at the time read "Dick Nixon — before he dicks you."
- Instant scandal name! Just add "-gate!"
- The Trope Namer for the Silent Majority, which he used in a speech in 1969 to describe those people who were not out protesting.
- The "Southern Strategy": The white voters of the South had been solidly Democratic since the Civil War (Lincoln was a Republican, after all), but that started to change in the early 1960s when the national Democratic Party came out in support of civil rights and Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act (declaring, on the latter occasion, "We [the Democrats] have just lost the South for a generation."). In 1968, George Wallace, the segregationist governor of Alabama, ran an independent campaign, won in several Southern states — draining votes from the Democratic nominee, Hubert Humphrey — and Nixon won by a plurality. In his first term, Nixon, on the advice of his aide Kevin Phillips, set out to win over Wallace's supporters — playing up ethnic polarization, speaking out against school integration by forced busing (though not integration as a whole — Nixon had always personally supported desegregation, a legacy from his days as Eisenhower's Vice President), emphasizing cultural conservatism and "law and order." He not only succeeded — in the 1972 election, Nixon won a massive majoritynote and picked up every state but Massachusetts — but started a decade-long process in which most conservative white Southerners migrated to the GOP.
- This strategy only worked so well because Hubert Humphrey was undoubtedly the most pro-integration American politician of that time. Humphrey had made civil rights his chief issue since 1948 and it had come back to bite him with the loss of the South, for which (ironically) Texan icon LBJ laid the groundwork.
- More recently, many have argued that this came back to bite the Republican Party. The fact that Barack Obama managed to win two elections despite losing almost every Southern state each time is seen by a good number of political commentators as proof that the Republicans have become so "Southernized" that they have lost the chance of appealing to more moderate states in the rest of the country.
- The 'Enemies List' — a list (eventually very lengthy) of public figures who Nixon considered to be his enemies and who were therefore subjected to the 'ratfucking' techniques of his operatives. Included people from a wide range of areas, such as politics, organized labor, the media, entertainment, business and academia. Some particular notables were Edward Kennedy, Jane Fonda, John Lennon and the entirety of the New York Times and the Washington Post. Paul Newman considered his inclusion to be a triumphant achievement, while Hunter S. Thompson reportedly felt disappointed to not be on it.
- Anglo people visiting Native American homes, on-rez and off, may be surprised to see a picture of Nixon on the wall. Why? Nixon did more to improve Indian lives than any president before him. He appointed a Mohawk as Commissioner of Indian Affairs. He signed laws saving Indian resources and returning many Indian lands to their original owners. Most of all, he put a stop to the horrific policy of Termination, which forced Indian people to "assimilate" by relocating them into unfamiliar cities. There's a reason the Paiutes of Pyramid Lake, Nevada, named their capital city Nixon.
- The film All the President's Men tells the story of the reporters, Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) and Bob Woodward (Robert Redford), who uncovered the Watergate scandal. It was based on a non-fiction book of the same name written by the actual reporters.
- Nixon is the last real president known to have existed in The West Wing universe.
- Played by Anthony Hopkins in Nixon (1995), from Oliver Stone. Which is saying something.
- Stone also used some footage of him at the beginning of JFK. We hear that JFK got president by winning "one of the narrowest election victories in American history over vice-president Richard Nixon".
- Nixon is the only character on-screen in Robert Altman's movie Secret Honor. He is played by Philip Baker Hall, who delivers a lengthy monologue into a tape recorder while pacing around his study.
- The play (and subsequent film) Frost/Nixon dramatize the disgraced former President's 1977 television interviews with David Frost. Michael Sheen portrayed Frost and Frank Langella Nixon in both stage and screen productions. (And no, you are not immature for thinking the play was about something else.)
- Is played by John Cusack in Lee Daniels' The Butler
- In Back to the Future Part II, a year-old newspaper from 1985-A says Nixon has served four terms and plans to end The Vietnam War "by 1985".
- Another Robert Zemeckis film, Forrest Gump, has Forrest reporting the original Watergate break-in. Forrest thought the break-in was a power outage, and only reported it because the flashlights were keeping him awake. Ironically, it was Nixon who told him to stay at Watergate.
- In Watchmen, Richard Nixon continues to govern in a fifth term, partly because he was reckless enough to order the god-like superhero Dr. Manhattan to attack the Vietcong and North Vietnam to win The Vietnam War, disregarding the dire implications of disrupting the international balance of power and riling the USSR up to prepare themselves for an all out fight. In addition, the Watergate Scandal doesn't happen because the Comedian assassinates Woodward and Bernstein.
- The 1999 movie Dick had a humorous, almost Forrest Gump-like (see above) take on Nixon's administration. Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams played two ditzy hippie girls who ended up influencing governmental policy and becoming Deep Throat (named after one of the girls' brother's favorite movie).
- Dave Barry Slept Here has the Running Gag of Nixon's political defeats being "widely believed to be the end of his career."
- Elsewhere Dave states that Dick resigned to live in a state of utter disgrace: New Jersey.
- A Nixon analogue, "Stanton Spobeck," is the president of "Americo" in Green Ronin's Damnation Decade RPG.
- Cowboy Angels, by Paul McAuley, is a book about a group of people who travel through various alternate universes, or "sheaves". Due to when they visited it, our universe is referred to as "the Nixon sheaf".
- In Slings and Arrows, Sanjay has a tendency to make up quotes and attribute them to Richard Nixon.
- Nixon's disembodied head features frequently in Futurama. He became the president of Earth on his first major appearance and stayed there ever since, along with Vice President Agnew... a body with no head.
- The Avengers once traveled back in time to the '50s and teamed up with some contemporary heroes (3D-Man, Gorilla Man, etc.) to stop a shapeshifting alien who was impersonating Vice President Nixon.
- For that matter, at the time that Watergate was going down, Captain America comics were coming out where Cap was fighting the Secret Empire, a KKK-esque group of super-scientists who were targeting mutants for capture for evil experiments. When he found the leader, faces weren't shown, names weren't said, but it's blatantly obvious that this was Nixon. Rather than face arrest, he pulled out a ray gun and killed himself◊. These were in the days when if a major public figure like the President cameoed for more than a few panels it always came off as a Kodak moment but this was a major jaw dropper at the time. The shock of finding out that the President was the leader of the KKK's anti-mutant science division had Cap briefly renounce his hero identity and become Nomad.
- Later stories retconned the identity of Number 1 as being either a generic government official, or the Chief of Staff, limiting it to Thomas H. Moorer or George S. Brown.
- In one episode of Yogi's Treasure Hunt, Hanna-Barbera villain Dick Dastardly announced his full name as Richard Milhous Dastardly, further cementing him as a "Tricky Dick".
- Harry Turtledove and Richard Dreyfus' Alternate History novel The Two Georges, set in a world where America never left the British Empire, has "Honest Dick" as a used car salesman. He's murdered early in the novel as a Red Herring to the main crime, the theft of an important painting by anti-British extremists.
- Another story, one where the US being neutral in World War I lead to Prussian peacekeeping forces under a League of Nations Mandate occupying the South, had Richard Nixon as The Man Behind the Man. His plan was simple: get the Democrats attempting to reach out to Martin Luther King's group to establish a political settlement and get the Germans out peacefully set up as assassins of the German Field Marshal Rommel. It works.
- Also by Turtledove, in the Timeline-191 alternate history, Congresswoman Flora Blackford believes her office may be bugged. Her offices are checked by three technicians: Bob, Carl, and Dick (obviously Woodward, Bernstein, and Nixon). The author makes sure to mention Dick's dark five-o'clock shadow, and has him say, "Well, let me say this about that …" (a well-known Nixon Catch Phrase).
- In an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, Johnny is doing a remote from a stereo shop when it's held up. The perp turns out to be interested not in robbing the business but in replacing Johnny on air — he's a DJ who's been out of work for a long time. Johnny is sympathetic, and lets him escape when the police arrive. The episode's epilogue is a mock APB asking for the public's help in finding the robber, complete with Johnny holding up an Identikit sketch — of Richard Nixon.
- In The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Brad and Janet are listening to the radio transmission of Nixon's resignation speech right before their car breaks down not too far from Frank's castle.
- When Eric made a joke about Nixon on an episode of That '70s Show, his Republican father Red became very angry:
Red: What did you just say?
:… That Nixon was framed, and that Kennedy
was a Communist?
Red: That's right.
- Which is a Retcon if Red is a UAW member and thus Democrat, as suggested in an earlier episode, "Streaking" (in which then-President Ford comes to town and Red chastises him for pardoning Nixon).
- In the first (and to-date, only) Comedy Central Commie Awards (Awards for Achievement in Comedy), Nixon is referred to as having won the award for Best Comedy Album for "The Watergate Tapes" — the clip played was, of course, an Atomic Cluster F-Bomb.
- There is a persistent urban legend that Nixon himself (who was a football fanatic and a good friend of Redskins coach George Allen) once called a play in the Washington-San Francisco 1971 NFC Playoff game. It was a Wide Receiver Reverse called on the opponent's 8 yard line (a terrible place to do so) and lost 13 yards.
- In Super Bowl VI at the end of that season, the Miami Dolphins (in their sixth year of existence) were facing the tough Dallas Cowboys. Reportedly, head coach Don Shula received a call from Nixon (having again appointed himself an honorary offensive coordinator) suggesting a down-and-in pass to their best wide receiver, Paul Warfield. The result of the play (used late in the first quarter) was an incomplete pass, and the Dolphins lost 24-3.
- To be fair, the Dolphins' loss probably had more to do with their having played in what is still the longest game in NFL history just the previous week, rather than any one particular incomplete pass.
- Not so much, the Dolphins played the Colts two weeks before in the AFC Championship. It was the Christmas Day game the week before against the Chiefs that had gone into double-overtime. Chalk it up to inexperience and a great day for the Cowboys running backs.
- Speaking of football, in December 1969 Nixon attended a game between the Texas Longhorns and Arkansas Razorbacks (both of which were undefeated going into the game and ranked as the #1 and #2 college teams, respectively), after which he presented the Longhorns with a plaque naming them "national champions" … which many fans and commentators regarded as premature, given that Penn State's team was also undefeated at that point and none of the postseason bowl games had yet been played.
- He is seen briefly in the film C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America. Even if the film's Alternate History, he still loses presidency to John F. Kennedy. Whether or not he wins it later is never said.
- He does win later according to the film's website. But he is forced to resign over a scandal. His parting words? "I am not a Negro."
- In an interesting reversal, he is the Democratic candidate who loses to Kennedy's Republican bid.
- In the film Black Dynamite, Nixon ends up as the Big Bad, being behind a conspiracy to use liquor to shrink the crotches of black men. He then proceeds to fight Dynamite with kung fu and John Wilkes Booth's gun. Lincoln's ghost shows up to save the day.
- Nixon continues to be Black Dynamite's arch-nemesis in the animated series, much to the chagrin of Henry Kissinger, who at one point remarks "Why don't you find another black who isn't Dynamite to have an unhealthy obsession with?"
- Nixon is mentioned several times in All in the Family, where his policies are matters of debate between Archie and Mike. In the episode "Writing the President", after Archie learns that Mike wrote a critical letter to him, he writes a praising letter, and imagines Nixon reading his letter out on national television.
- Nixon himself can be heard discussing the show and this particular episode on the Watergate tapes.
- The Manic Street Preachers song "The Love of Richard Nixon" takes a very sympathetic look at Nixon's life and career, pointing out triumphs of his presidency, and moaning about "death without assassination".
- The fifth season of 24 features Jack Bauer going up against the White House, and draws so blatantly and heavily from the Nixon mythos that it's almost funny: not only does President Logan heavily resemble Nixon, but his Cassandra mentally unstable wife is named Martha …
- In Fear, Loathing and Gumbo on the Campaign Trail '72 (an Alternate History work), for the 1972 election Nixon faces John Julian McKeithen, a more moderate Democrat capable of dirty tricks himself, as his chief challenger. However, McGovern still runs as a 'Peace' candidate, as does Wallace, with the result that the election produces a hung Electoral College and a long period of political grappling and chaos that makes our history's 2000 election look like peanuts by comparison.
- In The Damned Highway: Fear and Loathing in Arkham, a mashup of Hunter S. Thompson and H. P. Lovecraft by Brian Keene and Nick Mamatas, Nixon is revealed to worship Cthulhu.
- He's mentioned in Grease (set in the '50s); when the principal makes a speech, she says: "among you young men, there may be a Joe DiMaggio, a President Eisenhower, or even a Vice-President Nixon", creating an intentional example of Hilarious in Hindsight.
- In a Cyanide and Happiness strip, a guy complains to Nixon about the food at the Watergate Hotel, to which he responds: "I'm not a cook!"
- Young Republican Alex P. Keaton has a framed portrait of Nixon.
- Despite being a pot-smoking ex-hippie, Jeffrey Lebowski aka "The Dude" has a framed photo of Nixon on his wall. Nixon, like the Dude, was an avid bowler.
- The 1997 TV-movie Elvis Meets Nixon imagines events that led to the famous White House meeting◊ of the two in 1970. President Nixon is trying to figure out how to connect to young people, and Elvis, sneaking out on his own for the first time in a dozen years, gets the idea to become a DEA agent.
- Nixon In China, a 1987 opera by John Coolidge Adams.
- Hunter S. Thompson had an intense hatred of Nixon, repeatedly using Nixon as a symbol of everything bad and wrong in America in pretty much everything he wrote after 1968. In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas he goes on several rants against the president; in Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 he follows George McGovern's attempt to unseat him; and he becomes one other legion of reporters closely following Watergate in 1973-4. He even blamed Nixon (tongue-in-cheek, sort of) for what he saw as a decline in the quality of pro football (which both he and Nixon loved) in the '60s.
- Nixon appears in the Doctor Who two-parter "The Impossible Astronaut" / "Day of the Moon" as a hard, paranoid man being followed by the voice of a Creepy Child. He enlists the Doctor and Canton to help him. He comes off as a very charming man which is weird compared to so many other media that vilify him. Of course, it happened early in his presidency, and it turns out that some of his habits — paranoia and taping everything he did — may have been prompted or encouraged by their encounter.
- The Doctor pretty clearly hold disdain for him and mocks him about how his presidency will end. "Say hello to David Frost for me." The production team basically said that, given the Doctor's tendency to meet some of the greatest figures of history in the new series, they thought it'd be fun to have him bump into, in their words, "one of the rubbish ones."
- The episode also depicts Nixon as being completely accepting of interracial marriage, even offering to clear things on Canton's behalf to get him reinstated with the FBI, who fired him because of it. Although he politely lets him know he's drawing the line when Canton explains that he actually wants to marry a black man.
Nixon: I think the moon is far enough for now, don't you, Mr Delaware?
- In BBC Radio's The Burkiss Way there's a sketch in which Nixon's advisors tell him that Presidents like Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John Fitzgerald Kennedy owe their success to having silly middle names. They've tested a computer program for generating silly names on the vice president, but it malfunctioned and gave him silly first and last names: Spiro Agnewnote . When they test it on Nixon it comes up with two suggestions: "Millstone Round The Neck Of The American People" and "Biggest Crook In The White House". Nixon decides to compile his middle name from "Millstone" and "White House" and comes up with … "Stonehouse". (A reference to corrupt British politician John Stonehouse, who faked his own death.)
- A later Burkiss episode centered around Nixon trying to get back into the public's good books by guest-starring on The Muppet Show.
- The 1980 short story "A Cross-Country Trip to Kill Richard Nixon" by Orson Scott Card.
- Nixon was resurrected by a congressional page in The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, and had planned on slaughtering the Presidental Turkey, but decided to become a fashion designer instead when he learned that he's considered 'cool' again. Later, he fakes a heroic death to paint himself in a good light and makes a new start in the Victorian Era.
Nixon: Back before women wore pantsuits. What a glorious age.
- In Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow, the contact team to a new planet spend weeks in an unpopulated area getting acclimated and attaching cute names to the wildlife. Richard Nixons are little creatures that walk around bent over looking for food. Later on there's a reference to cleaning up the team's shuttle transport because there are Richard Nixons roosting in the undercarriage.
- Nixon is one of the player characters in the "Five" level of Zombies Mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops.
- Word of God says Nixon was the primary inspiration for Darkseid.
- Emperor Palpatine, too.
- "The Beast" in Transmetropolitan is acting President, and parrots a few of Nixon's quotes. Surprisingly, he's not an expy of Nixon; rather, Spider Jerusalem (an expy of Hunter S. Thompson) imagines him as being much worse than the reality.
- The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, a Villain of the Week disguised himself as William Howard Taft and one of his explanations for this was the costume shop having no Nixon masks.
- Histeria!: Nixon had a tape that could have cleared him but the Histeria kids, led to his office by Miss. Information, unwittingly recorded over it, ruining his chances of escaping the scandal.
- The Simpsons contains numerous references to Nixon. Creator Matt Groening viewed him as the ultimate villain when he was growing up and has stated that he has the pleasure of being able to poke fun at Nixon thirty or forty years after he was in office.
- Moe has a list of enemies that is just Nixon's enemies list with Nixon's name crossed out and substituted with his own. A highly disgruntled Moe adds Barney to the list when he points this out.
- Nixon is a member of a Jury of the Damned with other infamous celebrities in a 1993 episode. He complains about being there since he's not dead, but bows to his master Satan because he owns a favor to the devil (which may have been Nixon selling his soul to the Devil to be President or not be implicated in Watergate). Six months after the episode aired, Nixon really did die, making the joke Hilarious in Hindsight (and edited out of UK TV for a time, as the joke was Too Soon).
- Milhouse was named after President Richard Nixon, whose middle name was Milhous. The name was the most "unfortunate name Matt Groening could think of for a kid".
- In The Venture Bros., military-themed supervillain Sgt. Hatred had a framed picture of Nixon above his fireplace in the episode Home is Where the Hate is. This is the same show that has an affectionate parody/Expy of Hunter S. Thompson who, as noted above, hated Nixon, so having him be the hero to a supervillain is likely a big Take That.