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Secret Service agents reveal Tricky Dick's bizarre behavior before he was forced to resign the presidency 40 years ago
Richard Nixon's strange behavior and gestures, more frequent drinking and extreme paranoia, observed by the Secret Service agents charged with guarding the President, is revealed on the 40th anniversary of disgraced Richard Nixon’s resignation in a new book.
Nixon was the only president to ever resign from the highest office in the land.
Ronald Kessler exposes Nixon's eccentricies and in the final months of his presidency during the Watergate scandal in his new book, The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, published by Random House.
‘Searchlight’, the code name given to the 37th president by the Secret Service, spent a great deal of time away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue at his second home, known as the Florida White House, on Key Biscayne, a tiny sliver of land off of Miami in the Atlantic Ocean.
There he hung out with his close friends, Bebe Rebozo, a wild Cuban-American businessman and self-made millionaire, and Robert Abplanalpoff, an inventor who made a fortune off of plastic aerosol valves on spray cans. Nixon was able to hide out there and be seen by no one but the Secret Service agents, who would later divulge their eye-witness accounts to the author.
Agents considered Nixon one of the strangest presidents. He was extremely depressed all of the time, and more so during the Watergate scandal. As his depression and paranoia accelerated, so did his consumption of alcohol.
‘He didn’t know what to believe or whom to trust. He thought at the end everyone was lying’.
Nixon was simply losing control and even was seen eating dog biscuits while feeding them to one of his dogs.