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- Sharp contrasts between the 2012 and 1960 Presidential debates -

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 @ 01:14 PM

2012 presidential debateFORMER GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY "SPARS" WITH
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN 2012 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE

The 2012 Presidential Debates have drawn significant national attention in this election season. If we can set aside the rancor and “in-your-face” contentious behavior from both candidates, there is a more fundamental difference between the Presidential debates in 2012 then the very first ever televised debates between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960.

First Televised Presidential Debate 02 634x357IN 1960, THEN VICE PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON FACES
MASSACHUSETTS SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY IN FIRST TELEVISED DEBATE

Today’s 24-hour news cycle and the advent of social media have propelled the national dialogue between presidential candidates to new heights. In addition to the obvious “one-upmanship” that both politicians tried to demonstrate during the 2012 debates, there was the media, the bloggers, and the social media world, that were waiting for either Romney or Obama to commit a major slip-up, a faux-pas, that could then be publicized to the rest of the world, all in real-time. No longer would the “oops!” moment have to wait to become headlines in the major newspapers across the country the next day. We found out about these erroneous or stretched truths almost immediately after the candidate misspoke.

An icon of his era: President John F. KennedyAN ICON OF HIS ERA: PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY

In sharp contrast, in 1960’s first televised presidential debate between then Vice President Richard M. Nixon and Massachusetts's Senator,  John F. Kennedy, the debates relied on more traditional media channels, such as newspapers and radio, to reach the majority of Americans who were unable to tune in and watch the debates on their black and white television. For those fortunate citizens who could watch the debates on television, the exchange between the candidates was more civil (at least by today’s standards) and more formal in behavior and the presentation of ideas. Each understood the perceived power and influence that this new medium called television could have on the national election. That’s not to say neither Nixon nor Kennedy suppressed their strong opinions about each other, but they certainly didn’t allow themselves to get caught up in intense arguments. Also, each knew the other since January 20, 1947, as they were sworn in as Congressman that cold winter day.

 

President Richard M. Nixon in his stately White House offices

PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON IN HIS STATELY OFFICE

Back in 1960, people had to rely solely on newspapers, magazines, and radio to get their news. And because television was still in its infancy, although considered to be revolutionary at the time, it would be years after that, that watching regular news programming would became a part of our daily lives.

john f kennedy framed glasses 1

PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY'S PRESCRIPTION READING GLASSES, A RARE GEM IN PRISTINE CONDITION, CAN BE VIEWED IN THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX PRESIDENTIAL COLLECTION. IT WAS WORN BY PRESIDENT KENNEDY, ALTHOUGH HE RARELY LET HIMSELF BE PHOTOGRAPHED WEARING THEM. THS FACTOID MAKES THIS UNIQUE FIND ALL THE MORE RARE AND VALUABLE.

In essence, the significant advances in technology continue to give rise to faster, more innovative communication methods, allowing important moments in our history, such as national presidential debates, to become more than just a headline in tomorrow’s newspaper. Our thirst for immediate knowledge, using social media for example, will allow for citizen journalists to stimulate conversations and discussions, as well as create controversy. Imagine how the presidential debate of 1960 would have been conducted had it had the advanced communications vehicles that we have today?


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ELEPHANT COLLECTION OF PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON - FROM FIRST LADY

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 @ 02:05 PM

FROM THE PERSONAL COLLECTION OF RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON (1969-1974) - COMES THIS HANDSOME ARTISTIC CREATION

RICHARD NIXON ELEPHANT GOP|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THEAMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|

ELEPHANT COLLECTION|GOP ELEPHANT|RICHARD NIXON ELEPHANT|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|

 

PRESIDENT NIXON|RICHARD M. NIXON|DICK NOIXON|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTIONRICHARD MILHOUS NIXON - PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Sometime at the end of July 1974, or the beginning of August, Viola “Big Momma” Wise (Pictured below, at work in The White House) – a White House Maid (1939-1981), was motioned to the side of First Lady Patricia Ryan Nixon. The President was to Resign on August 9, 1974. Just prior to this date, Mrs. Nixon simply said...

"Viola, you have Served in The White House a Long Time. I Thought you Might Like to Have This."


VIOLA WISE|BIG MOMMA|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|"BIG MOMMA" VIOLA WISE - AT WORK
UPSTAIRS IN THE WHITE HOUSE

Viola Wise shared this memory with her long-time friend, Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, and she stated it was an honor and that she...

"Accepted the Elephant from President Nixon’s Collection with Humility".

President Nixon’s Elephant is silver in color (one of Nixon’s Elephants can be seen from his Collection, on his desk below). It measures nearly 8 inches from the tip of the nose to the bottom. There is a silver colored inscription plaque reading...

"Richard M. Nixon – President of The
United States – January 20, 1969 to January 20, 1977".

RICHARD NIXON WHITE HOUSE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|RICHARD M. NIXON WITH ONE OF HIS ELEPHANTS FROM HIS COLLECTION

Appropriate Provenance from the above Viola Wise accompanies this splendid relic. The black base is 8 inches in length and 4 inches in width.
This is one of the finest personal Possessions of Richard M. Nixon’s to ever reach any personal collection - The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a) The American Heritage Collection. This is it where is has been displayed for over 25 years. In the near future the President's elephant will be shared with an Institution or another collector of note.

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PRESIDENT RICHARD NIXON - WATERGATE - AUTOGRAPHED PIECE OF MERIT

Posted by RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX on Mon, Sep 12, 2011 @ 08:53 AM

Signed White House Vignette Richard Nixon & Gerald Ford

PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON AND GERALD R. FORD MAKING THE BEST THEY CAN OUT OF A COMPLEX SITUATION

On December 6, 1973, Gerald R. Ford (1913-2006) found himself being Sworn in as Vice President of The United States. He is shown above with President Richard Nixon (1913-1994) on that Date, as he is about to Address America; after being selected as The Vice President to succeed Spiro Agnew of Maryland. President Nixon was deeply mired in World Affairs, combined with an eroding situation over the Watergate Scandal, when suddenly it became necessary for Vice President Spiro Agnew to Resign, as a result of Corruption Charges. What to do next?

NIXON RESIGNS|WATERGATE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|WATERGATE & IT'S COVER-UP CULMINATES INTO THE RESIGNATION OF PRESIDENT RICHARD MILHOUS NIXON

The President qickly needed someone that he liked and trusted; and he was looking for someone that The United States House of Representatives would quickly approve of and Vote For - Under The Constitution, to be the Next Vice President of The United States.

It did not take The President long to come up with the Name of One Man; Gerald Rudolph Ford. Illustrated at very top is an autographed format that is a particularly desirable and a very unusual and Rare Dated Combination.

FORD OATH OF OFFICE|FORD WATERGATE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|GERALD R. FORD - BEING SWORN IN BY CHIEF JUSTICE WARREN BURGER AS BETTY FORD LOOKS ON

Beneath a Beautiful Engraving of The White House, Gerald R. Ford has Inscribed in full, as well as Added his Term of Office “8/9/74 -- 1/20/77" and President Richard M. Nixon has, surprisingly, Signed in Full and added the Term of his Incumbency, "1/20/69–8/9/74".

The last thing Mr. Amyx expected, when he Asked a Secret Service Friend, in close proximity to Both Presidents, is that Richard Nixon would actually write the requested Infamous Resignation Date - "8/9/74". Following a courteous, in person, request from the U.S. Secret Service Agent it was done.

In future years, Richard M. Nixon went on to write several important historical volumes, as well as to Counsel President’s Ford, Reagan and Bush. the meetings were usually via telephone, or sometimes President Nixon was brought into The White House Surreptitiously - To meet with the then Incumbent President.

NIXON WATERGATE TAPES|NIXON RESIGNATION|THE RALEIGH DGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX|PRESIDENT RICHARD M. NIXON ADDRESSESS THE NATION REFERENCE THE OVAL OFFICE SECRET TAPING SYSTEM THAT WAS ONE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES THAT LED TO HIS 1974 RESIGNATION. SOON IT WAS  DISCOVERED THAT 18 SUSPICIOUS MINUTES, OF OVAL OFFICE TAPED CONVERSATION, WAS MISSING

Richard M. Nixon Passed Away some twenty years later,  in 1994, and is Laid to Rest Beside his Wife Patricia Ryan Nixon on the grounds of the early Nixon Family Home, in California.

FORD OVAL OFFICE|GERALD R. FORD FAMILY|FORD WATERGATE|THE RALEIGH DEGEER AMYX COLLECTION|THE AMERICAN HERITAGE COLLECTION|PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD, BETTY FORD AND THEIR SPLENDID CHILDREN - TOGETHER IN THE OVAL OFFICE

Gerald R. Ford went on to be a Trusted and Competent President, as well as to be our Longest Living President. After being Hospitalized 4 times in 2006, he Passed Away in his Home on December 26, 2006. President Ford Lived to an Older Age (93) than any President of The United States - In American History.

For the present, as it has for a quarter of a Century, this Historic Piece rests in The Raleigh DeGeer Amyx Collection (a.k.a.) The American Heritage Collection. Sometime in the near future it may be shared with another noted collector of Americana.

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