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Two Definitions of Watergate

Watergate: A luxurious hotel located along the Potomac River that accommodates for weddings, conferences, and getaways.

                   

Watergate: 1) An apartment and office complex in Washington, D.C., from the scandal following the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters there in 1972. 2) A scandal usually involving abuses of office, skulduggery, and a cover-up (definition provided by Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

    The definition we would most likely go by today would be the second of the two. Many have done it, but Nixon was the first to get caught. You can easily summarize the Watergate incident as a burglary gone wrong with too many tracks to cover. The men broke into the Democratic National Committee headquarters in order to get more information on the Democratic strategies for the upcoming election. Before the break-in, wiretaps had been placed in the Oval Office by Nixon which proved to be the dumbest move Nixon made as president. Following the break-in was a battle over whether or not Nixon had to turn the tapes over. It was also revealed that Nixon was part of the cover-up.

    Nixon's initial crimes were on the same level as those of other presidents. However Nixon made his mistake when he tried to cover his tracks. Nixon was not willing to work with his enemies.  When asked, Nixon would deny any connection with the break-in, trying to cover up Watergate. With the scandal in place, along with the Vietnam War, people in America became more skeptic about the government. In today's society the Watergate still has an affect on us. Due to the Watergate incident people still look to take the president down. The impeachment of Clinton was influenced by Nixon's impeachment just 25 years earlier.