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22 Reasons To Love Richard Nixon On His 100th Birthday

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Posted on January 9, 2013, at 6:33 p.m. ET

1. He got beer poured on his head after the Angels won their first ever division title.

2. He had saucy 'Nixonette' singers for campaign stops.

3. He was dapper in the Navy!

4. He loved football (can you find him?)




5. He even played it in the White House!

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6. He invented the fist-pump.

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7. He looked boss in a fedora.

8. He loved dogs.


9. He had a beautiful family.


10. He used helpful visual aids.

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11. And he hung out with Johnny Cash.

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"Walk the line."

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12. He met Elvis.

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And Elvis showed off his cufflinks-

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Nixon loved them!

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13. Then Nixon deputized Elvis as a U.S. Marshal!

No seriously, he did.
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No seriously, he did.

14. He can roll.


15. He loved America's pastime.

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16. And yo-yo!

17. He told the Soviets whats-what.

18. He played piano.

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19. He kicked ass in a swimsuit.

20. He helped open a Disneyland monorail.

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21. He could snack with chop sticks.

So, he may sweat too much.

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He may have left office in scandal.

22. But Nixon lived a fascinating life.

23. So Happy 100th Birthday!

Photo: Nixon and Checkers. (Washington Post)