Pres­i­dent’s res­i­dence

Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -

The US is led by a pres­i­dent en­cir­cled by ac­cu­sa­tions of se­cret meet­ings and be­hind- the- scenes skul­dug­gery. No, not Don­ald Trump but Richard Nixon, who was US Pres­i­dent for four and a half years from Jan­uary 1969, re­sign­ing in Au­gust 1974 fol­low­ing the Water­gate scan­dal – dur­ing which mem­bers of his ad­min­is­tra­tion were proven to have en­gaged in clan­des­tine and il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties with his bless­ing.

This in­cluded break­ing into the Democrats’ HQ at the Water­gate ho­tel in Washington.

Un­like Trump, Nixon grew up poor and even dur­ing his time as Pres­i­dent led a mod­est life­style, al­though his taste in homes did move up­mar­ket.

His prop­er­ties in­cluded a lux­u­ri­ous house in Mi­ami as well as a town­house in New York and his favourite, La Casa Paci­fica in San Cle­mente, Cal­i­for­nia.

Re­ferred to as Nixon’s ‘ Western White House’ – as Trump’s Mar a Lago re­sort is of­ten seen as his al­ter­na­tive HQ to­day – La Casa Paci­fica was built in 1926 for mag­nate Hamil­ton Cot­ton and where he en­ter­tained an­other US pres­i­dent, Franklyn Delano Roo­sevelt.

Nixon bought the prop­erty in 1968 and used it to en­ter­tain both politi­cians and Hol­ly­wood stars.

Dur­ing his pres­i­dency it was his sum­mer res­i­dence, and af­ter his res­ig­na­tion it be­came his main home un­til it was sold in 1980.

The 9,000 sq ft house,

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.